Monday, June 04, 2007

An Extraordinary Tour Bus .....

..... provides for an out-of-the-ordinary tour of our nation's capital, courtesy of DC Ducks. Washington is one of a number of cities - which also includes Baltimore, Austin and San Diego - where you can now enjoy the sights by land AND sea.

This from the refitted deck of an authentic WWII DUKW amphibious vehicle that took us up-and-down the streets of Washington, then up-and-down the Potomac River. According to
this Wikepedia post, "the DUKW (popularly pronounced DUCK) is a six-wheel-drive amphibious truck that was originally designed inside General Motors Corporation during World War II for transporting goods and troops over land and water and for use approaching and crossing beaches in amphibious attacks."

Being the son of a career Marine, I already knew that, and it was great - all these years later - to be able to once again climb aboard one. And I learned a lot of wonderful things about the city, its sights, and its people. When I get back to Texas, I'll be sure to try this again, next time I get to Austin.

4 comments:

That Janie Girl said...

We rode the DC Ducks tour, it was fun!

spookyrach said...

cool!

Anonymous said...

Yeah but can it fly?

Jeff said...

Janie, it seems to be still unknown to - or, at least, untried by - a lot of folks around here ..... but that seems to be changing.

SpookyRach, it certainly was "cool!" ..... and in more ways than one ..... I can't think of a better way to take the edge off a warm, muggy afternoon.

Jimmy, that part of the tour would have cost extra ..... so, we cruised by Reagan Airport, rather than taking off from there, on the return leg of our trip.