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...

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

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 some past,...

From Marco Polo to Mary Poppins

Some of the most memorable scenes, and songs, from the 1964 film adaptation of Mary Poppins by Disney Studios have to do with kites. This really is not surprising as kites, then and now, are linked in our minds with gaiety, childhood, and carefree times. However,...

High Flying in Afghanistan

The sport of kite flying in Afghanistan known as ’Gudiparan Bazi’ was banned during the reign of the Taliban but it is once again ranked as a leading national sport. For more than a century kite flying was both a hobby and in the form of kite fighting, an intensely...

Harness The Wind, And Fly

You may have noticed that the wind blows often in the Colorado River Valley, northwestern Arizona, and in the California desert. Imagine how much fun it would be to harness the wind and fly across the desert, across Red Lake, the dry lake bed north of Kingman, or over...

The Kite Runner

Afghanistan is a land of ancient traditions including kite flying. Khaled Hosseini is an Afghan born physician turned novelist after learning that the Taliban had banned the sport of kite fighting in his native homeland. As he had grown up with the sport as a child in...

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