Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Rewind Day 1 ; Duck Ride Tour of Seattle

Sunday... Tuesday.. Same Thing OK.

We did the Duck Ride of Seattle (a tour that is both land and water in one vehicle from WWII) in August and it was really neat, even as a resident of the Puget Sound I still enjoyed it!

I already have shown 2 videos from the duck ride here and here

"The Dock" Huge duck on top of the building.

One of the duck mobiles :-) and See that big oh hunk of metal behind it?? that is the EMP
(useless fact 1; it was designed to look like a smashed guitar from an airial view)

All aboard!

Kaila blowing her quacker

Useless fact 2 ; We have an aluminum tree in Seattle

The Captain.. I only snapped 2 of his little "getups" he had many.

Heading towards the water.. we were on a bridge.. which is shown on another photo below.

Moving from land to water

the 2nd "getup" for water safety lol.

Another duck leaving the water

Useless fact 3 ; These 2 boats were are used on the show The Deadliest Catch..

This a park named Gas Works Park
Useless Fact 4 ; Gas Works park contains remnants of the sole remaining coal gasification plant in the US. The plant operated from 1906 to 1956, and was bought by the City of Seattle for park purposes in 1962. The park opened to the public in 1975.
Useless Fact 5 ; Gas Works Park has been a setting for films, such as Singles and 10 Things I Hate About You. It has been featured twice on the travel-based television reality show The Amazing Race: once as the finish line for Season 3 and another time as the starting line for Season 10.

Only in Seattle would we think an old gas plant could one day be a park. We call it "art" lol. As we do with the aluminum tree and the fremont troll (which we drove by but not enough for photos)

Uhoh they're coming for me!

Kaila looking out over the water

Kaila's turn to go sit by the captain and spray the water gun

bridge I mentioned earlier

Seattle's famous floating homes..
Useless Fact 6 ; there is a limit to how many homes can be on the water which is already met so people have gotten creative and made some of them boats because as long as they can once a year prove it's a boat by moving the house out to the middle of lake Union it does not constitute a floating home but a boat. There is even on HUGE building that is actually a boat.
Useless Fact 7 ; see that light blue house with the teal accents and the flags on the left.. that is the house from the movie Sleepless in Seattle.

Space Needle

Just Seattle :-)

Kaila was sitting with this guy because she wanted a window seat and her and our friend were fighting for the window seat so he told her she could come sit by him. She sat with him most of the tour actually and she got chilly so he let her wear his sweater for a bit lol.

Floating homes galore

Quack Quack!

Another work of "art". People dress these statue people for fun.
Useless Fact 8 ; The dog that you cannot see in my photo well has a man's face with a beard. here's the back story (taken from above link) and a photo here...
Waiting for the Interurban was created by artist Richard Beyer, who also sculpted the well-endowed bull and the book-nerd coyote in Ellensburg, Washington. Beyer was on the Fremont Arts Council committee when a sculptor was chosen for the work (since no one applied, he chose himself). Committee member (and honorary mayor) Armen Stepanian disagreed, and the two squabbled. Beyer ultimately got his revenge by making the dog's face resemble Stepanian.

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