The Smiths were visiting on our last family day, and treated the Williams family to a longstanding, Seattle tourist tradition . . . a ride on The Duck! This tour brings you to some of the major attractions of the city, and then paddles its way into Lake Union. Josh and I did the tour when we first moved here 4 years ago, and were pretty stoked to bring the kiddos on the tour as well. Abby LOVES seeing the Space Needle and riding on ferries, so we figured this would be an extra special treat. What we didn’t anticipate was how Abby would handle:
…climbing the ladder of a boat on wheels
…being greeted by a kindly (but LOUD) tour guide
…sitting underneath the only speaker on the boat which was blaring "Brick House" as soon as we left the parking lot
….getting pelted by the freezing rain that the boat’s plastic windows failed to keep out
…being handed a pirate’s knife and plastic bone and prompted to wave them in the air to the intro of "Hooked on a Feeling"
Needless to say, simply telling our 2-year-old that we would be riding on a "boat-car" did not sufficiently prepare her for the thrill of the Duck. She was pretty overwhelmed with the experience. But it was a wonderful time, nonetheless. Abby got some serious snuggle time with Mommy and got to sit with Uncle Andy while looking into the water of Lake Union as we floated along. Zack enjoyed "wearing" Daddy in the Bjorn, while bundled up in an outfit reminiscent of little Randy’s ensemble in A Christmas Story. Josh and I got to make memories with our little ones and some dear friends on a perfectly Seattle-esq day.
Mommy, Abby, and Salmon.
Yes, at one point our very charming captain replaced his cap with lady Viking horns. What a kidder.
I don’t know if you can tell, but apparently there were portions during our frigid and windy ride where our youngest may have had a hard time catching his breath.
Till the next memory-making adventure…