It was really sunny and warm when we got out of work today (yes, I am helping Annie at work, but more about that another time!). I even took off my jacket and turned my face to the sun. It was hard to see the sun because there are so many tall buildings around here!
Annie said it was SUCH a nice day that we were going to take the water taxi home! I know what a taxi is now, because I’ve seen them driving around the streets here. There are yellow ones and orange ones and lime green ones! But I had no idea what a water taxi looked like? Was it a taxi with sails, like a sailboat? Or did it have oars and everyone rows like you’re in a kayak? Annie just smiled and said “You’ll see!”
We had to walk a long way to get to the water taxi, so we decided to play in this park we found. It had all kinds of fun metal sculptures and I liked these round ones the best!
I saw this brick building and I really liked it because it reminds me of some buildings in Osceola.
It also made me kind of homesick for Osceola. I know being in Seattle is a big adventure but everything here is SO different and sometimes I miss Real Eden and Ms. Richert and Osceola Elementary School. Annie saw me looking sad so we sat down on a bench and talked about it.
She showed me some pictures of Eden and Eliza and Emma that she had on her phone and we talked about them and then I felt better and I was ready to find out what a water taxi looks like. “It isn’t far now,” Annie said as we started walking down a big hill. And then I saw this sign:
Annie lives in West Seattle, so we stayed to the left and got in line. Then, a boat pulled up and Annie said “That is our water taxi!” No bus today, we’re going on a BOAT!
We climbed aboard the water taxi and then climbed up some stairs and came out on top, where there was a deck with a great view! I was so excited I could barely stand it! Don’t I look happy?
There is a lot to see when you’re on the water taxi! Remember those “giraffes” we saw from the bus one day? Well, they are working giraffes in this picture, because they are working hard to unload those big ships! Annie says they work so fast that in two days, those ships will be empty.
Then I looked the other way and I saw a HUGE ship REALLY close to us! Yikes! I was afraid it might run into us, but Annie said it wasn’t actually moving. She used to be a sailor, so she knows things like that! She said this is actually two ships: the big long ship with a red bottom and then the tugboat attached to it. See the tugboat on the left side? Cool!
When we got past the big ship, there was the Space Needle!! I really like the water taxi because there is so much to see! I asked Annie if that big white boat was a water taxi too. She said it’s a ferry, and it is can carry people and cars and trucks. I hope we go on a ferry because I just found out today that I LOVE BOATS!
And then, way too soon, we were in West Seattle and the boat tied up to the dock and we had to get off. I was kind of sorry it was over so fast. But Annie said we had one more surprise coming, so I ran up the gangplank and onto the shore (see, I am learning how to talk like a sailor!)
I spotted some kayakers! I’ve never been in a kayak. Hmm, maybe the weather will be nice one weekend and Annie will take me kayaking. Fingers crossed!
Before we started walking up the hill to get home, I asked Annie to take a picture of me with Seattle, my favorite city! I’ve only been to two places in my whole life, Osceola and Seattle, and I really like both of them! Osceola has Eden and school and my Flat friends. Seattle has tall buildings and a water taxi and cranes that look like giraffes and the Space Needle!
On our walk home, we heard birds singing and saw lots of green trees and pretty flowers. It was hard to believe that 15 minutes ago, we were in the middle of skyscrapers and traffic jams! Annie said that was the surprise: a quiet walk home to relax and enjoy nature. Isn’t it a pretty road? I want to take the water taxi every day!
By the time we got home, I was very tired, so I went to bed right after we had soup and salad and rolls for dinner. I was so tired I didn’t even want to watch a TV show with Annie!
This is my favorite view of Seattle, my new favorite city!
The End (of today’s adventures)