Amphibious Ex-army Vehicle
Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
159Trip End Jun 23, 2010
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We were up bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and ready for another day of sightseeing in Seattle. Melissa had advised us to do the Duck ride, so we booked that first thing when we arrived into town. It was a wild thing, the vehicle is a modified ex-army amphibious vehicle, Guns taken out, seats installed. The Captain, Captain Lunachick, was a very animated young lady, with a different hat and piece of music for every occasion. She had us singing YMCA and dancing the Saturday Night Fever dance from our seats. There were no windows, so plenty of room to spread our wings. After the city tour, Captain Lunachick took us down the boat ramp and into the water! Wow, this was cool. We cruised through the harbour and saw the floating homes, built on logs many years ago. Washington has lots of trees, so lots of buildings are made of timber. That's about the best real estate you can get, on the edge of the water in the bay on Lake Union
Into the afternoon we sauntered through the Science Fiction Museum, and the Experience Music Project and caught the monorail to the Westlake Shopping Mall for lunch and dinner. In the evening we had a guided walking tour through the underground. The whole city of Seattle had to be raised up between 10 and 15 feet to get their sewerage system working properly. The sewerage was draining out into the bay, but when the tide rose, it would bring the effluent back into the city and shoot up the toilets at high tides.
On the underground tour, it was interesting to see where the ground floor of the shops were, as most of the area was not filled in. In fact, the whole of the road system under Seattle is like a giant waffle with the raised bits being the roads, and the dents being the cavities of the former footpaths and shop fronts.
We caught the wrong bus back to the motel and our feet were killing us. We had to walk ten blocks before we could put our feet up with a nice cup of tea.