Sunday, September 2, 2007

A Big White Duck, on Broadway



This is the Portland Ducks' Hydra Terra amphibious touring vehicle. The Intro-DUCK-tion to Portland Tour covers downtown by land and the Willamette River. Mama and I need to check this out, soon!

6 comments:

Carol E. said...

Are these new? I was there in '06 and didn't see any of these. That would be a fun way to tour.

Lynette said...

I can't really tell from their Web site when the company started. There is mention of being the Willamette Week's 2005 "Best Amphibious Achiever" in a sidebar, so I searched www.wweek.com and found this: "With the music-education nonprofit he founded, Ethos Inc. (27 NE Killingsworth St., 283-8467, ethos-inc.com), growing by leaps and bassoons, one might think University of Portland/Harvard/Peace Corps alum Charles Lewis could walk on water. Not quite-but he can drive on it. Lewis plans to parlay a hobby that started when he bought an Amphicar on eBay (look for the high-finned, cherry-red number cruising down Willamette Boulevard and the Willamette River) into a land-and-sea tour service . Lewis saw Boston's Duck Tours in action during grad school, and he's adding an unsinkable 49-passenger Hydra-Terra to his fleet to start Portland Ducks (www.portlandducks.com). Tours will wind though downtown, to a boat launch off Southwest Macadam Avenue and up the river to Cathedral Park in St. Johns. In the meantime, driving straight into the river in his 1967 Amphicar is fun enough for Lewis-and a heck of a lot easier than messing with a boat trailer."

Z said...

I've been on a Duck Tour of Washington DC and it was fun. The water part of it was on the Potomac river. Be sure to report back on your trip!

Lynette said...

Thanks for the word about the ride in DC. I'll certainly post photo(s) and my impressions once we get to take the tour.

Zee said...

Good heavens, when did we get Duck Tours? When I lived in Boston I took my dad on a Duck Tour when he came to visit and we had a blast - how cool that we have them here now!!

Lynette said...

Zee, I read some of your blog and looked at photos of darlin' Rennie. I wondered if what I thought you meant by Behind Blue Eyes was what was going on in your mind, so I was happy to read your explanation. Also I loved the fact that Rennie appreciates the fact that the new rug provides traction. Our miniature dachshund Duncan cannot get up onto a footstool in order to get into a chair unless the footstool is on the rug. If you'd like to see our little guy, check out his bath at http://mamamepdx.blogspot.com.

About the Duck tour, did you notice that the comment before yours was from Z and that both of you have actually been on Duck tours? I think that's neat, cosmic even.