Kites & Road Trips

Kites & Road Trips

These are stressful times. That may be stating the obvious. But there are two simple ways to alleviate stress. Kites and road trips. Even better, combine the two. Start with a stop at Tumbleweeds & Tarantulas in Bullhead City, Arizona. We are the largest and...
Kites On The Beach

Kites On The Beach

Kites On The Beach started in the 1950s, then the trend became a tsunami. Charles Kuralt summed it up succinctly , “Thanks to the Interstate Highway System, it is now possible to travel across the country from coast to coast without seeing anything.” With...
Myths & Childhood Dreams

Myths & Childhood Dreams

Myths & Childhood Dreams, To visit Tumbleweeds & Tarantulas in Bullhead City, Arizona, your one stop shop for kites and kite supplies in the Colorado River Valley is to step back to the days of childhood. Kites are a link to a pre-video game era when school...
Celebrate Spring

Celebrate Spring

Celebrate Spring at Glenwood, New Mexico Glenwood, New Mexico along U.S. 180 is at the heart of an adventurers paradise. And the sense of history is palpable. Celebrate Spring at this small ranching community is located on the fringe of the vast picturesque Gila...
Go Fly A Kite 2022

Go Fly A Kite 2022

Go Fly A Kite 2022. In the past year or so social distancing, the shutdowns and COVID 19 related restrictions have provided ample opportunity to discover, or rediscover, the simple joys of kite flying. For people fortunate enough to live in Bullhead City, Arizona and...
Legend of the Kite

Legend of the Kite

Legend of the Kite still have an international appeal equal to the kite. Kite flying is popular in Beijing, China, Bullhead City, Arizona, and Cape Tpwn, South Africa. But where did the kite originate? Many historians that have worked to answer that question start...
Legend of the Kite

Storm Clouds

Kites have been used to relax and for scientific experiment. They have been pressed into service during combat and fostered friendly competition between villages. Here in the states, kites figure prominently in festivals as well as fond childhood memories. And...
Traditions

Traditions

In the 21st century age old traditions have been competing with video games, television, on line streaming services and smart phones. At times traditions seem to be loosing the battle. But scattered here and they are special places, living time capsules. Just such a...
Inspire The Imagination

Let’s Celebrate Spring

Let’s Celebrate Spring. This past year has been challenging, to say the very least. The COVID 19 pandemic derailed plans, caused a great deal of misery and in general upended life. Now there is a ray of sunshine on the horizon. Nationwide the number of daily...

Legend of The Carp

Kites are unique in that they have an international appeal that is rooted in antiquity. As a result they are excellent for bridging chasms of culture or language. Japanese historians believe that kites were first introduced into the country by Buddhist missionaries...
The Dragon

The Dragon

Chinese folklore is rich with tales and legends of dragons so it should not be surprising to learn that the mythical creatures figure prominently in kite designs. Some of the most intriguing legends blend dragons and the use of dragon kites used to help fight off...
Time Capsules

Time Capsules

Time Capsules In movies, books and stories kites are often used to portray a sense of whimsy. They are linked to the carefree days of childhood. But like simple, carefree days kites are fragile. They are made of paper, twine, wood or silk. As a result vintage or...
Flying Good Times

Flying Good Times

Flying Good Times Harvey A. Sellers, was a seller of paper. He was also an avid kiting enthusiast. Disappointed by the poor construction and quality of available commercial kites, he began tinkering with kite designs in his basement. His break came with the idea to...
Kites & Pizza

Kites & Pizza

The kites & pizza hideaway restaurant across the street from the Oklahoma State University campus in Stillwater, Oklahoma is an institution. The doors at the original restaurant opened for business in 1957 making this one of the oldest pizza parlors in the Sooner...
Kites On The Big Screen

Kites On The Big Screen

Kites On The Big Screen. The popularity of the kite can not be overstated. Festivals celebrating the kite and the simple pleasures of kite flying are held throughout the world. Some of these festivals are rooted in centuries of tradition. Still, few things attest to...
Forgotten History

Forgotten History

Forgotten History of kites are ideally suited for this time of social distancing and quarantine. Hours can be spent with this relaxing past time and kite flying is a great way to enjoy the spring like temperatures. A visit to Tumbleweeds and Tarantulas is all you need...

Odds & Ends

Odds & Ends and the joy of kite flying transcends barriers of language, of culture and of age. It is nearly universal in nature. In most every country in the world you can find people laughing as they send kites high into the sky to dance on the breeze. Kites are...
That Was Different

That Was Different

That Was Different. This past spring the 36th International Kite Festival was held on the International Kite Flying Field in Weifang City, Shandong Province, China. Launched in 1984, the festival has become one of the oldest, largest and most popular festivals in...
Igniting A Passion

Igniting A Passion

Willy Copens was a Belgian soldier fighting in WWI. On Thursday, April 15, 1915, watched a German Zeppelin pass overhead on its return from a bombing mission in England and he was flooded with memories. On the same beach, when he was five years old, running among the...
Cheaper Than Therapy

It’s Kite Season

It’s kite season! Well, every season is actually kite season but summer is ideally suited to this pursuit of idyllic childhood reminiscing. And summer is always the season for an array of kite festivals.  Scheduled for June 22 -23 the annual Summer Kite Festival...
Mark Your Calendar

Mark Your Calendar

Mark your calendar, start making travel plans, and pick up your kite supplies and kites at Tumbleweeds and Tarantulas. For the kite enthusiast who also happens to enjoy the classic American road trip, what could be better than an epic cross country adventure (on Route...
The High Flying History of Kites

How Much?

Kites and kiting can be a delightful hobby for the budget conscious or the youngster looking to get the most out of their allowance, the average customer at Tumbleweeds & Tarantulas. As with any hobby, however, the sky is the limit. Consider the Joachim Nellissen...
Fond Memories

Fond Memories

It was the summer of ’65. My dad had just returned from a six month deployment. I was just a kid and don’t remember all of the details (it would be nice if I did) but after reading the Sunday comics, dad mixed up a concoction of flour and water to make...