Sunday, January 07, 2007

New location, same old memories...
Or, a case of a "transplant's" memories being revealed...

I lived for an awfully long time in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. I embarked upon a venture, that of living somewhere else, and I'm really glad I had the chance to move away while I was still young enough to not really be too set in my ways (although I am a bit!) Well, today, I didn't do anything, go anywhere; I slept in, and I've been vegging-out all day. In my in-box, though, I found some photos of the Diamond Cup hydroplane race that used to be held in Coeur d'Alene, in the 60's, and I thot I'd post some of them here, for all of my North Idaho friends (hopefully there's a few out there) here they are...

There are 5 photos below from the 1960's of the Diamond Cup Races on Lake Coeur d'Alene in Idaho. In this first foto, you can see Cranes loading the hydros onto the waters of CDA Lake.

What you see in the photo below is the "Pit Area", located where the Tubbs Hill parking lot (where boat trailers are now parked) is located. The SeeWeeWanna cruise boat is in the background, and most of all, look to the right: NO REZZORT!!!

Below, you'll see the Miss San Diego being lowered into the lake. This was back in a non-confrontational age, in which there were no "Mr." hydroplanes, just "Miss", and no one cried out, "DISCRIMINATION!!!"

Below, here's another view of the Pit Area, this time looking southeast towards Tubbs Hill. As you can see, a lot of bells and whistles were needed in order to bring on the staging of all the big production involved in a hydroplane race.

In this last photo (below) you can see they Hydroplanes racing on CDA Lake with Stevens Point in the background. Note, NO NEW HOMES on the hillsides!

So, there's your proof that Coeur d'Alene actually DID host a hydroplane race, back when peaceful waters flowed and gas was probably 25 cents a gallon. Hope all of you are doing okay up there, and I'll post more about my new location (and anything else that may cross what's left of my mind) this week. For now, today, though, I'm content to share old memories.

By the way, I heard that Fox-TV, channel 3 on the former Adelphia system, has been REMOVED now that Time-Warner is doing the cable thing up there in CDA. What a rip! Weekend Mariners games air on Fox! (Hee hee, we have Fox down here!)


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Welcome back! And you get to gloat over Fox to boot!

We went through the drill of switching from cable to dish back to cable when we first moved here. When it snows concrete around here the signal can't get through until you clean the dish - not fun durning a 24 snow! Radio works for play by play if we can't live without it.

1:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dave, glad you have settled in and are posting again. don't forget us on hbo. (are you Idaho escapee?)

1:56 PM  
Blogger green libertarian said...

Excellent blog, dave. Keep up the GREAT work. Miss ya on HBO...

2:02 PM  

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