Friday, 9 September 2016
Today, we needed to finish the leftover jobs in order to have Ilwaco planters and the boatyard garden looking spiffing for the crowds who would pass by on their way to Slow Drag.
Nearby, I got to pet this dog named Emma, from Sea Aire lawn mowing service.
And this little dog, Queenie, from Azure Salon.
At the boatyard, we still had floriferous sweet peas.
We had a couple of hours at home before going to the port to enjoy the Slow Drag. (Allan mowed. I did…something garden-y…and picked flowers for Salt Hotel.)
I dropped a gardening invoice off at Time Enough Books and got to pet super wiggly shop dog Scout.
Slow Drag highlights
I am not much interested in cars but I love this event. It is so much fun, so lighthearted, that I feel filled with joy (and exhaust fumes) the whole time. The best time to get photos of the vehicles is on Waterfront Way as they line up for practice runs an hour before the show. For all our photos of the vehicles, see this album.
I walked to the other side of the port buildings to check on how our gardens were faring along Howerton Avenue. Most garden beds were being treated with respect and not sat-upon or walked upon.
It was a different story by the finish line.
This is one reason why this particular garden is the least impressive of all the ones we plant and care for along Howerton. (The other is that the building owners do the watering; it’s better when I do it because I know which plants need coddling.)
Maybe because of the river rock (pre existing, not my choice), it does not look like a garden bed. I wish the finish line (and start line) could all be shifted one lot to the east, and then the biggest crowd would be in a parking lot area, where they could all see better, as well. Meanwhile, I just don’t let myself care, because it is the end of the season, and smashed plants will recover, and I know better to to plant treasures in here, and nothing is going to spoil my enjoyment of the Slow Drag. Back to Waterfront Way:
This year, our genius friend Jenna and her spouse, Artist Don Nisbett, were co chairs of the race. Jenna got the Long Beach trolley to be one of the contestants, and I got to ride in its first two heats (also last two, since it did not win either of them).
If you want to see a video of our ride all along Howerton during the first heat, it is here on our personal Ilwaco Facebook page. You’ll get a good tour of Howerton Avenue and get to see a glimpse of some of our gardens, and toward the end, you’ll hear Jenna’s stories about previous Slow Drags.
I had so much fun actually being in the race. The way the drag works is that the vehicles first hit the gas at the starting line, then at a certain point they have to go into neutral and coast to the finish line, a heavy piece of hose. To win a heat, a vehicle must cross the line completely and then come to a halt closer to the line than the other vehicle in the heat. I hope that makes sense.
I had so much fun, I went around twice.
Even though the trolley was eliminated after two heats (each vehicle gets two chances), it won the Crowd Pleaser award.
That absolutely darling VW bug won a prize called “So Ugly It’s Cute.” I must take issue with that: There is nothing ugly about this car and I think the judges made a wrong call on that one.
It even blows bubbles, and deserves a much nicer award.
I was thrilled. As a former co-owner of a beloved old VW bus, I always root for this one.
It was the perfect evening with happy crowds, the thrilling trolley ride, and my favourite coming in first.
Allan and I went home and uploaded photos to make two albums on Discover Ilwaco. You can view all our photos of the race (drag) in this one.
Tomorrow, the Cannon Beach Cottage Tour, another favourite event which will get several blog entries.