Something Important is Coming to Lake CdA

Something Important is Coming to Lake CdA

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Something Great is on its Way to Coeur d’Alane Lake

You can’t see it in this photo, but you will come Labor Day. There along the distant shore just in front of the Coeur d’Alene Golf Course, you’ll see shrouds of water tossed high in the air. You’ll see boats parked all around and crowds of people including veterans on the beach behind those fast moving water spouts.

If your standing on this ridge in a place newly named BitRanch, about 2 miles northeast of Gozzer Ranch and due east of Arrow Point, you’ll see a lot more than blue sky and blue water, green trees and the great outdoors. You’ll see maybe 60 or 70,000 people, possibly more gathered for the greatest sports event in Idaho.

If you’re an economist, a banker or a business person, you’ll smile because you’ll compute easily that this event is bringing millions of dollars into North Idaho’s economy: in one 3-day weekend. If you’re a statistician or a member of the Chamber of Commerce you’ll smile because the head count of North Idaho visitors coming in from all parts of the Pacific Northwest, including troves of Canadians from Calgary and Edmonton and well-to-do bikers from the oil fields riding in for a restive, festive break from work.

So come on…what’s coming?

Now hold your horsepower! Don’t get too antsy on me. I’m just a blogger doing his job. Gotta lead you in, right?

Does this picture help?

It will help if you go to the url below the logo. Then maybe you'll guess.

It will help if you go to the url below the logo. Then maybe you’ll guess.

Okay, I’m not being fair, making you work hard to guess, right?

Does this photo help?

Yup! This should be a pretty solid clue. It shows some of the dynamic changes that have taken place between then and now. Gives you an idea of what you might expect...I hope.

Yup! This should be a pretty solid clue. It shows some of the dynamic changes that have taken place between then and now. Gives you an idea of what you might expect…I hope.

I’m not being fair? Come on. This should be plenty obvious by now.

Does this photo make it anymore clear?

Ah yes, vintage hydroplanes. The real thing! Diamond Cup Photo by Diane Higdem

Ah yes, vintage hydroplanes. The real thing! Diamond Cup Photo by Diane Higdem

And here’s what an H-1, 200 mph hydroplane looks like today:

Literally flying over the water. Not much of a wake, huh? This is an H-1 Class Hydroplane out on the world circuit. They're scheduled to race right here on Coeur d'Alene Lake, competing for national points. This is a huge family event, lot's of fun, dream inspiring.

Literally flying over the water. Not much of a wake, huh? This is an H-1 Class Hydroplane out on the world circuit. They’re scheduled to race right here on Coeur d’Alene Lake, competing for national points. This is a huge family event, lot’s of fun, dream inspiring.

Faster than when I was a child

But my memory serves up genuine speed. There’s nothing like a lot of water spray and things going fast around a race course to stay in the memory of young child.

It did for me…straight out of the 60’s. It’s a dream causer, an imagination booster. It’ll bring doodles to paper and little kids will make imaginative, high-speed sounds while they race toys around in the bathtubs of childhood.

Labor Day Weekend. Plan on it.