The next morning I had arranged a “Ride the Duck” boat tour. We had tickets for noon, so we grabbed a quick breakfast and headed back into Seattle.
We arrived at “Ride the Duck,” picked up our tickets, and waited in line. I was told this was a great way the see Seattle, by both land and sea. I was not disappointed. We climbed up several stairs into the amphibious bus. We chose our seats and we were off. We had an informative and joke filled land tour. Sad to say I cannot remember our tour guide’s name, but she was hilarious. We saw many Seattle landmarks, and I learned a lot of semi useless facts about the city. But if you know me, that’s pretty much my M.O.
After winding through the streets, we made our way to the water. We first got leid and then we rode the bus into the water. We were given more interesting facts about the surrounding area. We viewed several pop culture spots, like where they filmed parts of Ten Things I hate About you and the houseboat from Sleepless in Seattle. There were also incredible lake views of Seattle. It was very windy but overall we had a great time.
After the duck boat we wandered around a little to find food. We headed down through Pike Place, but it was way too crowded and we ended up making out way down to the pier. Jules and I had lunch and rode the Great Wheel, and AFB decided to go find a particular eatery he was interested in. The Great Wheel was an over glorified ferris wheel. Wonderful views when we got up in the sky. There was a group of loud pre-teenagers they tried to put us in the ride with. I refused. There was no way I was going to be the only adult with all those unsupervised children. We ended up with a group of Eastern Europeans that kept moving around in the glass booth. It made Jules very nervous, but overall it was worth it. At the apex of the wheel, you had a breathtaking view of Mt Rainer.
After the wheel, we met back up with AFB and called it a day. We went back to the house and watched some movies and had dinner.
The next day was Sunday, and we had plans to see the Fremont Sunday Market. Lots of little treasures everywhere, organic food, thrift shopping, and homemade odds and ends. Next, we visited the Fremont Troll and then we said goodbye to AFB and handed him off to the family that was going ocean kayaking. Side note: there were beautiful flowers everywhere. They made me think of my grandmother.