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Oh, those converted DUK-W vehicles that used to run around South Congress all the time? I was fascinated and horrified by them, they're incredibly unsafe.
 

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I agree with Elania, I think you will right in here :D :laugh: Having the mayor's chair quack like a duck sounds like a very amusing idea, especially if it can be caught on video :look: .

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Oh, those converted DUK-W vehicles that used to run around South Congress all the time? I was fascinated and horrified by them, they're incredibly unsafe.

haha, I didn't know exactly what kind of vehicle they are, but I am not surprised to hear that they are unsafe. I used to work in downtown Austin and would see them in that area. I kind of thought it would be fun to ride one and do the "tourist in one's own city" thing but the people on it would wave and all blow their duck quacking things constantly, aaggghhh, and there is no way I could tolerate a whole ride with that noise. :laugh:
 

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I kind of thought it would be fun to ride one and do the "tourist in one's own city" thing
this would be fun
but the people on it would wave and all blow their duck quacking things constantly, aaggghhh, and there is no way I could tolerate a whole ride with that noise. :laugh:
This would be annoying! :laugh:
 

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A story from my general area of the state: Missouri Duck Boat Sinking that Killed 17 Could Have Been Avoided
I've actually been on one, though. It was a fun experience until it started hailing while we were on the lake... So yeah, maybe avoid those. Although these were both weather-related events, so maybe they're okay as long as there's a 0% chance of inclement weather?
 

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A story from my general area of the state: Missouri Duck Boat Sinking that Killed 17 Could Have Been Avoided
I've actually been on one, though. It was a fun experience until it started hailing while we were on the lake... So yeah, maybe avoid those. Although these were both weather-related events, so maybe they're okay as long as there's a 0% chance of inclement weather?

They're a neat machine, but rarely have I ever seen something that instilled enough confidence in me to want to participate. The big worry for me was always that they're modified to be used for passengers, when they were originally amphibious cargo and troop trucks. I remember even seeing footage of one with a mortar crew in the back.

That said, playing the tourist in your own town can be quite fun! There's a surprising number of good little shops and interesting bits nearby to us here, but most of them are not something that draws my attention - I can only do so many tourist trap museums or halls of fame for people I've never heard of, compared to say, wandering aimlessly through a new city.
 

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@Elania al'Manir oh my! that was a terrible accident, but also some terrible weather.

I got curious and looked up the Austin Duck Adventures and they apparently have a ton of safety features; they are not the DUKW vehicles but specially manufactured, Coast Guard-inspected vehicles of another design, and the site goes through all the ways they are DIFFERENT from the re-purposed DUKW versions. but still, the noise!!

I love to travel but there are usually so many fun things close to home, whether actual tourist things or just something I have never bothered to think about before.
 

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That said, playing the tourist in your own town can be quite fun! There's a surprising number of good little shops and interesting bits nearby to us here, but most of them are not something that draws my attention - I can only do so many tourist trap museums or halls of fame for people I've never heard of, compared to say, wandering aimlessly through a new city.
So what's an interesting bit that you do like?
 

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So what's an interesting bit that you do like?

We're not in Austin, so a big part of what I would have answered is rather empty unless we drive the hour and change to go back down. One thing that always amused me was taking a walking tour of the city to look for the remaining moonlight towers.

Where we are there's a surprisingly good zoo here, though of course after you've seen it once it's only just 'the zoo.' Our local large park is actually centered around the zoo and spaced along the river, with a number of hiking/biking trails that enter and exit the park in different parts of town, and a long, paved river walk with sculptures of all sorts of local wildlife. I've been considering doing a little food tourism, since there are so many different little family restaurants and barbecue pits in the area (and an amazing local cheese maker), but I'm still hesitant to get around people at this point.
 

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A belated welcome, but no less heartfelt! :joy I love seeing members drag in their own friends and family. :laugh:
 
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Welcome, Alisen! <3
 

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Man am I late to the party. But still, welcome! Viktara has been a great addition to the site, so I have no doubt you're going to have a good time too. ^_^
 

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You're only ever late to a party if we declare that the party has an end! Thank you!
 
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