The last time
we tried to go to the airboat races we had a bad experience
on the way and never made it to the race area at all. I
thought it was a shame to have a site about the marsh
and airboats and never have photos of the airboat races,
so when I saw signs that there were to be races on Saturday
I convinced Judy that we ought to go get a few pictures
for the site. I hope you appreciate what I go through
for you, gentle reader.
Airboats heading to the races.
The races are
held on the Sarno Flats. Sarno Road goes through
town, tapers off to a dirt road through marshy flatlands,
then dead-ends into Lake Washington. A stand of Australian
pines marks where the road ends.
are canals on boths sides of the road. We went up
the back canal first, but ran into a blockage of water
hiacynth so we went around to the other canal...we were
blocked even sooner there, so we came back. We
parked the boat on the bank, thinking we could walk up
the road to the races, but Judy saw how far it was and
flatly refused to walk it.
Ok, it did look like a bit of a hike...and
it was a very hot day.
got back in the boat and, after pulling off to the
side to let a dozen airboats go past, decided that
they may have broken up the blockage enough for us
to get through. We
did make it, but it was an awful lot of work.
was calling me some very bad names, and it didn't help
when I lost my balance and fell. I didn't quite go overboard,
but I did cause a lot of water to come into the boat. Judys
shirt got wet and she called me some more bad names.
Marshbunnies that we are, we continued on....
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