Tomorrow is "opening day" of boating season here in Seattle. What you see above is an ariel view of boats lined up from the Montlake Cut, a little passage for boats between Lake Union and Lake Washington. Tomorrow the University of Washington (you are looking at Husky Stadium up there) will host the Windermere Cup regatta, which will zip right through that cut and through those boats you see lined up.
I live about 5 blocks from this hot mess and have never bothered to check it out. For some reason I am super excited to walk down to the cut and see it tomorrow.
I grew up in Portland, Oregon. What I did not fully realize when I moved here (by way of glamorous Alameda, CA) is what a coastal kind of place it is here. Pretty much a day doesn't go by when you don't see or hear a seaplane flying over our neighborhood heading for Lake Union. A number of houses a few blocks over (closer to the cut) have row boats or kayaks parked in the their driveways. The Seattle Yacht Club is a short walk away, and now that opening day is nearing, the number of boats anchored there is swelling up every day. Seatte, incidentally, has the highest boat ownership per capita of any US city. If you have ever been here you probably know it's hard to get anywhere without crossing water of some kind.
So, tomorrow I plan to fully embrace a bit of Seattle life by watching the races from the cut. Seattleites: the race starts at 10:20. Get there early to get a spot on the cut.