Spring Break! Road Trip! Yeah! Ok, probably not what you were expecting for a college spring break adventure. But if you’re in kindergarden, and you get to take a big Metro bus into the city and visit the Seattle Aquarium, well that might just be a most excellent adventure!
Susan gets credit for “hatching ” the plan. She did a little research and found we could all pile onto a bus at Northgate for a few bucks and save ourselves the hassle of driving and parking downtown.
To say our Dudes were excited would be an understatement. They were all jabbering at me as soon as we pulled up to their house. They told me about the trip, as if it was the first time I’d ever heard of a person riding on a bus, or seen any building where there were fish living inside for little boys to visit.
Now for all the other Seattle urbanites riding on the bus I would expect there might be slightly less “wonderment” when riding directly over the hinge on an articulated bus… But for Kingston and me, this was cool! Our bench and the floor would rotate when the bus made a turn, and we turned a lot.
In fact the dudes were so excited that I noticed we’d actually brought a smile to the faces of several of the commuters sitting nearby.
OK, not so much this guy sitting next to Cadence and Suzie.
Our bus dropped us off at 3rd and University, deep down inside the Metro tunnel. We followed the labyrinth of ramps and escalators up to daylight (grey as it was) and walked down to the waterfront.
This was a pleasant surprise…We met one of my SPD pals working on Western Ave. and stopped to say howdy.
From there on to Alaskan Way and north to the aquarium. Here are a few (ok, more than a few) images from our visit:
After we ate some lunch it was time to make our way back up to the bus and head for home. Pleasant surprise #2. A young man running a pedicab offered the Dudes a complementary ride for a few blocks along the waterfront.