We flew at the Washington Monument this past 1st Sunday for our monthly club get-together. The cherry blossoms were out in their maximum bloom so the crowds were outrageous. Also a ten miler marathon with 65 thousand dollars in prize money made for big entry fields of different contestants.
Many streets were closed, no parking or toilet facilities anyplace nearby, metro rail system packed tight like a sardine can, four different "favors of security" on-site too. Our chosen base-camp area is closed for construction (the monument was damaged during the earthquake last year) so we setup nearby at the intersection of two key sidewalks.
The obliviots were out in force.
If you landed your kite for the briefest of moments, somebody spread a blanket out over the lines! We tried to keep something moving and the wind (for once) was sufficient to send it ripping across the sky. I gave a few lessons, the smallest kid had to stand in between my legs while I sat indian style, 'cause I can't bend over that far to reach down there! Lot's a of appreciative crowds though, that's why we keep coming back.
Eventually on a day like yesterday, you give up and leave as each successive wave of Obliviots is worse than the last ones.