Amphibious Ex-army Vehicle

Trip Start Oct 20, 2009
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Trip End Jun 23, 2010


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Monday, May 3, 2010


03.05.2010

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. We had a load of fun during the whole trip and I think the Captain Lunachick managed to break down the inhibitions of most of the passengers. Judging by her handfuls of tips, she was an excellent Captain and tour guide.

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.
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shirleyg
shirleyg on

Is Captain Lunachick's name for real? What a mammoth sewage problem to fix.

David & Jeanette on

We tried to phone Robin and Cathryn but it seems they had gone to bed so we have emailed them and given them your mobile no.
Their phone number are 1 250 8647372
their email is Robinjarman42 @ hotmail.com or better still try Cathryn's email as she is on the computer all the time. Cathryn"s email is cjwellner@gmail.com

Captain LunaChick on

Hi Guys! I came across your blog, thanks for the nice write up :) I love your photos, I am so glad you enjoyed the tour. it looks like you are on an amazing trip, I wish you the best of luck in your travels. If you pass through Seattle again, look me up!

Best Wishes,
Captain LunaChick

July & K.L. on

We rode the Ducks yesterday and were lucky enough to have Captain Princess Lunachick. She DEFINITELY made the tour fun! Would recommend the Ducks (and the lovely Captain) to anyone wanting to do something different than the typical going up the elevator to the top of the Space Needle experience!

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