As you may or may not know, a little over 90 days ago I started a new job. It was a change for the positive. I no longer have a boss that may or may not be going off the deep end, I no longer have a nun assigned to my building (yes a Nun, she didn’t wear a habit, but he name started with Sister) and i am no longer bored! I like what I am doing, and I am in the first week of teaching a three-week new hire class.
However, with the good comes the bad. Starting new means no vacation time! So that means Michelle and I have to, at least for this year, do things together on the weekends and holidays.
Luckily, we live somewhere where there are LOTS of options! Today we played tourist in Seattle! First we caught the monorail at Westlake Center to take us to the Seattle Center.
The monorail was built in 1962 for the World’s Fair (the same reason the Space Needle was built)
It was built to transport people from the Hotels in downtown to the fair, a mile (yep 1 mile) away. Yep we coulda walked the mile, but that is not being touristy….. I might add Elvis did ride the monorail as well!
We decided we were going to Ride the Duck today! No not him, this duckYep, amphibious vehicles built during World War II (No lie, ours was one of the newest, and it was built June 1, 1944. It still has the gun mount for a .50 Cal Machine Gun) that take you on a tour of Seattle, and then drive into Lake Union for a float trip.
All this while dancing, singing and blowing your duck calls
The music blares, people sing, and you are led by your captain, in our case it was Phlip Dover (say his name very fast!)
The man was amazing. Michelle and I have lived in this area forever. But only today did we learn that the Seattle fire started at 1st and Madison, the bricks to rebuild the city came from japan (cuz all American bricks at the time were being used to rebuild San Francisco that burned a couple years earlier) the Space Needle has a basement, AND there is a place someone near Pike Place Market that is called the Gum wall. YEP covered in ABC (already been chewed) gum.
But he also made us laugh our asses off. Every time we saw a starbucks we’d flex our arms and yelled UFF DA! (Norwegian for “seriously another one) or he could get people on sidewalks to dance with out music. He was a kick.
We went to the water front first
We then travel over Lake Union across the Aurora Bridge (which was officially named the George Washington Bridge when completed in the 30s. It also completed the first continuous route from Canada to Mexico)
Then it was time to enter the lake!
Since we were on the water there were of course life jackets. The captain showed us how to put them on and said “You will know when to do so when you see me putting on my and jumping off the boat yelling ‘Follow me!’ If you can’t figure out how to put them on, well there is this thing called natural selection…”
We cruised around and saw many things:
It was a fun trip. To me the coolest part though, was when he told us that once he had a passenger that drove a duck onto Omaha beach during D-Day. He was an elderly gentlemen, as you might expect. But Phlip said he broke every company and probably Coast Guard rule by allowing this man to drive the duck out of the lake and onto land. Sometimes there are things more important than rules!
All in all, it was one of the most fun things I have ever done on the 4th of July!
Michelle and I had lunch, then moseyed down to Pike Place Market, where we spotted yet another Northwest icon! Yes Sasquatch!!
Yes, I think he was in need of fresh produce or Seafood! You just never know what will happen in downtown Seattle.
If you are ever in town, ride the duck! But sometime soon, think about where you would take your friends if they came in from out of town. What’s that really fun or really cool or even really stupid thing tourist like to do? Then do it! its fun being a tourist in your own town!
- Ride the Ducks of Seattle (skpfoto.com)