I am triumphantly returned from what I am dubbing “Grandparent-a-palooza 2006”. We survied a maddening week and a half with three different Grandparental visits. Now if I can just get Moon back onto a regular nap schedule, we can consider the whole thing a success. I missed you all terribly.
And I’m finding that it must be summer. Why? Well, the true sign that Summer is here in Seattle (other than the gorgeous sunny weather) is this: The return of the Elliot Bay Water Taxi.
For three dollars a person (children under 5 sail free), you enjoy a twelve-minute cruise across Elliot Bay (we like to find parking in West Seattle and take the taxi over to Pier 55). Watching Moon’s eyes light up at the sight of this small Ferry Boat (with disctinctive yellow-and-black checkered trim, natch) was worth the price alone. Along the way, we peered over the edge of the dock to see minnows, and admired the nearby goslings with their proud Canada Geese parents.
I’m already planning another trip, once we have babysitting lined up, because Friday and Saturday nights the service runs until 11:00pm. And hey, a romantic date for $12 round trip? Now we’re talking!
Elliot Bay Water Taxi
(May 1st – September 30th)
Seacrest Park – Pier 55
Children under 5 – free
All Other Passengers – $3.00/one way
And to really get your small sailor in the mood for high seas adventures, I suggest downloading (free!) one of our favorite songs here, a gift from those musical Pirates of Portland Captain Bogg & Salty. If you like their downloadable track Scurvy as much as Moon and I do, please pick up a CD or two and help encourage more children’s music that is fun for adults too. You can catch the Captain and crew in live performances (complete with full pirate regalia) later this summer at many area public libraries.