Ride the Ducks is a land and water tour around Seattle on some old WWII amphibious landing crafts. It's wacky, it's loud, and it's fun. I think I might have enjoyed it more than my kids though. The hour and a half tour was a little long for my seven year old. Though he did enjoy using his loud duck quacker/whistle thingy. Yes, the tour was very loud. I picked up a few more pieces of trivia about this city on the tour. For instance, that strange looking building in the background of the photo above: it's the Experience Music Project, a museum commissioned by Paul Allen. I knew that, but I learned yesterday, that from the air, it looks like a smashed guitar...Jimmy Hendrix's smashed guitar, to be precise.
My daughter looked like she was having a great time. She even let me take her picture! But when I asked her what she thought, she said that the tour "wasn't her thing". She's too cool for this kind of thing. She's twelve.
We saw all the usual Seattle landmarks.. Here's what I didn't know before: Pike Place Market (above) is the oldest continuously operating farmer's market in the country. There are no chain stores here, except one...Starbucks. Only it's the original Starbucks, so it wasn't a chain store yet when it opened, in 1971.
The Elephant Car Wash is another iconic Seattle landmark. I always wanted to go through it when I was little. I thought that automatic car washes were the coolest thing ever. Plus, I loved the sign. I still haven't gone through the Elephant Car Wash. I must make a point to do this. Here's what I learned yesterday: this is the first automatic car wash in the whole country. It was built in the 1950's.
Then, we drove right onto Lake Union. That was weird. Of course I knew that we wouldn't sink, but still....
Above, is the house from Sleepless in Seattle. It sold for $2.2 million last summer. I'm not sure if it sold for such a good price because it's famous, or if all the houses around it are that valuable. I think I would like living on the water. Instead of running, I would go kayaking for exercise. Though the loud Duck boats might get kind of annoying.