I love guided tours. Yes, you read that right… Honestly, I don’t understand why they get such a bad rap, when they provide an excellent way to see all the sites in one tidy go (they’re tourist traps for a reason, right?). Then I can spend the rest of my time in cafes, wandering, or visiting with friends — like I did during my long weekend in Seattle this summer. After quitting my job to move to the San Francisco area this summer, I was determined to visit as many people as I could, starting in Austin, Victoria, and Vancouver. I met my friend Nicole when she interviewed me as a potential roommate for an East Village apartment 13 years ago. She was tough, but (obviously) I made it in! In Seattle, she cools her heels with her husband and two little girls. So on our first day, we were on the search for a kid-friendly, fun-for-adults activity. Luckily, Nicole had her eye on the “duck boats.”
If you’ve ever been to Seattle, you know just what I’m talking about!
My guess is that if you’re still reading, you have not been to Seattle in the last 25 years. Admittedly, the Ride the Ducks boat-shaped buses sort of engulf some neighborhoods with a sea of rockin’ (G-rated) party boats packed with pint-sized tourists armed with very loud quackers. But as a tourist, what’s not to love?
We boarded our boat and met our fearless leader — Captain Brave Liver (get it?). You see, the best part of Ride the Ducks is that they are like one of those kids movies where the jokes go right over the heads of the youngsters for plenty of adults-only laughs.
We were off! After a few gallant quacks, I was driving through Seattle for the first time in 10 years. I loved my tour!
My seat-mate was a tough audience, wholly unimpressed by the land portion of our adventure.
Oh, yes… The duck “boat” part is not just because the awkward road vehicle is shaped like a boat. It actually goes IN the water.
Once we were plowing through the sea, my favorite 4-year-old grabbed my iPhone to start snapping photos. Finally, some action!
We loved Seattle’s famous houseboats.
After our duck adventure, Nicole and I had some one-on-one time, starting with a delicious meal at the “rustic” How to Cook a Wolf, in Queen Anne. It was beyond!
And then… We met two familiar faces: Kent and Canaan of NVR Guys.
My favorite photos? This little collage the Guys made me. In the first photo, everything is how I planned it: a nice high angle and great late afternoon lighting. Then, everything goes AWRY, when the waitress tries to shoot from below, which is a huge no-no in my book of taking great pictures!
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