Hydroplanes Are Coming!

July 16, 2008

Can\'t spell \'lose\' with \'sausage\'

Can't spell 'lose' with 'sausage'

It’s that time of year again. Hydro season: ridiculously fast boats, bad wrecks and noise complaints. A good time? You bet. Here in Washington State there are two unlimited events this summer, one on the Columbia River in the Tri-Cities area this weekend, and another August 1-3 in Seattle on Lake Washington. Did you know that Kennewick Man, one of the greatest archaeological finds in North America, was discovered when two college kids were trying to find a shortcut to the races?

Me neither. On a side note, I wonder what the gas bill for one run is. OK, enough Debbie downer. These things are pretty cool. In Seattle, the Blue Angels come and fly over the lake, doing their stunts and tempting fate. The hydros go nuts, and there was even a little drama last year, when the sausage boat beat out the favored Dave Villwock. After 10 years of Chip Hanauer/Miss Bud dominance, it was nice to see the underdog pull it out. Hey, a little red stating never hurt anyone.

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