Seattle, Act II, or . . .

Gluttons for Punishment.

Yes, we didn’t get tired enough on Wednesday trudging up and up the Seattle hills, so we went back for more.

Jan decided we wanted to Ride the Ducks, see the Seattle Aquarium, and eat some more seafood before we start heading back east tomorrow.

So we took the 11:10 ferry over to Seattle. Nick and Terry came with us, but not to Ride the Ducks, or see the Aquarium. Terry just wanted to spend more time at the Pike Place Market.

But we were smarter this time. We took a taxi up to Westlake Station where we got on the Duck, while Nick and Terry were then able to walk DOWNHILL to the Market, rather than up.

Our Duck Tour left set sail at 1pm for a 90 minute trip around Seattle.

Duck Boat

Duck Boat 1

One of the first places we passed was the Elephant Super Car Wash. In 1962 Elvis Presley was in Seattle performing at the 1962 World’s Fair. Every day he brought his beloved pink Cadillac here to get it washed. The Elephant Super Wash was the first automated car wash in the U.S. and he was fascinated with it. And while his Caddy was being washed, he put on a show under the sign.

Seattle Car Wash

A few minutes later, we were feet wet in Lake Union, north of downtown Seattle.

Duck in Water

Duck in Water 1

We saw houseboats that look like boats,

Houseboat 1

houseboats that look like houses,

Houseboat 2

and houseboats that look like mansions,

Houseboat 3

and houseboats that look like the ‘Sleepless in Seattle” houseboat. Oh, wait. It IS the “Sleepless in Seattle” houseboat.

And in 2008 it sold for 2.5 million dollars, Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan not included.

Sleepless in Seattle Houseboat

This little inlet in front of the willow tree is where Bill Boeing launched his very first seaplane and started United Airlines and the Boeing Aircraft Corp.

Boeing Beginning

We’ve take a number of the Duck Tours around the country and we’ve found them a good way to see an area, and this one was no different. We got back to Westlake Station about 2:30, and after a mocha and a muffin, we decided to walk down to the Seattle Aquarium, instead of taking a taxi. It was downhill, after all.

We got to the aquarium about 3:30 and spent a little over an hour wandering through all the exhibits.

I’ll just let the photos tell the tale.

Aquarium 1

Aquarium 3

Aquarium 4

Aquarium 5

Aquarium 6

Aquarium 7

Aquarium 8

Aquarium 9

Aquarium 10

Aquarium 11

Aquarium 12

Aquarium 13

Aquarium 14

Aquarium 16

Meeting back up with Nick and Terry about 4:45 we walked back down the waterfront to Ivar’s for a last seafood meal. We had chowder, seafood platters, and fish and chips. Really good!

Catching the 6:45 ferry back to Bremerton, we passed this container ship heading out into the Pacific. With these containers stacked 6 high, it’s easy to see how they sometimes fall off in rough weather.

Container Ship

Getting back to Bremerton a little before 8pm, we headed back to the rig with a quick stop at Wal-Mart to pick up our prescriptions.

Tomorrow morning we’ll head out for the Thousand Trails Resort in Leavenworth, WA about 175 miles away.

Unfortunately, we’ll be leaving Nick and Terry behind for a few months, and probably won’t meet up with them until sometime in September, before the Gypsy Journal Rally in Celina, OH. It’s going to be really, really, boring for a while.


Thought for the Day:

"We’ve all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true."



3 Responses

  1. Howdy Greg,

    Thank you, for another wonderful experience!! I like traveling with y’all
    even without Ms Terry & the Nixter.. Jan likes pretty things and we do,
    too, also.. And ALL OF THE BEAUTIFUL FOOD PICS, WITHOUT ANY CALORIES!! Have fun and be careful…

    Smooth roads, clear skies & balmy breezes!!!!!

  2. We were wandering around Pikes Market and on the waterfront around the time that you were, but didn’t see you!

  3. Hi, I hope you don’t mind if I add Alittle more info on your Seattle trip…Elvis was in town filming ‘IT HAPPENED AT THE WORLD’S FAIR”. I got to be in the movie by accident when I was a kid. Those newer houseboats are made of concrete just like our floating bridges. Some of them have liveable basements with windows and wine cellers. My friend owned the boat yard where the “Ducks” enter the water. Also get your bug spray b/4 heading East. The skeeters are out all around Lake Wenatchee area. I now live East of Thousand Trails..
    Ride Safe! UPRIVERDAVID.

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