Rain falls hard in the desert. One moment you’re looking up at threatening skies, wondering when it’s going to come down, the next you’re running for cover from the deluge. Rain doesn’t happen often in such arid places—that’s kind of what makes it “desert”—but when it does it’s more akin to downpour than drizzle.
Cover, as it happened, was just what the Speedonthewater.com promotional trailer became on Thursday afternoon during the 2015 Desert Storm Poker Run Street Party. Our trailer isn’t exactly huge, but when the rain exploded from the Arizona sky and turned McCulloch Boulevard into a shallow river, it offered more than enough space for five people.
“I love the smell of the rain in the desert,” said one member of our group, who grew up in Palm Springs, Calif., as we stared out at 20-plus folks crammed together under a small E-Z Up tent designed to shelter half that number. “It brings back a lot of memories—and it brings out all the bugs. When we were kids, we used to collect scorpions after it rained.”
OK, so some memories are more pleasant than others. Take this year’s Desert Storm, for example. On the pleasant side, it will go down as attracting 177 boats to its incident-free poker run and seeing a new record in Saturday’s top-speed Shootout of 182 mph set by Win Farnsworth and Chris Kissinger in Low Altitude, Farnsworth’s turbine-powered 50-foot Mystic Powerboats catamaran. On the unpleasant side—we can’t think of anything. Even Thursday’s rain added something special to the experience (To be fair, that’s coming from a couple of guys who had shelter from the storm.)