Seadog Chicago Tour Combines Architecture & Speed!
WHAT TO EXPECT
There’s no other city like it in America. Chicago! Home to some of the tallest buildings in the country. Where old world charm strolls along side of modern day architecture. A powerful river meanders through the heart of downtown. A city planted along one of the largest lakes in America. The perfect place to strap in, and go real real fast. Welcome to Chicago, home to the sea dog extreme.
“That’s our turbo jet powered boat. It’s basically like a 70 foot wave runner on the water” says Tom Serbin of Seadog Venture.
A wild tour that has people lining up daily, in order to see Chicago like never before.
“It’s a roller coaster on water essentially. And what we do you can fit up to a hundred and twenty five people on this boat we fit them. We go about a mile or two out on the lake, see the whole skyline, the birds eye view of the city. And then we do some tricks or turns. It’s an amusement park on lake Michigan.”
With everyone strapped in tightly, there’s a quick safety briefing, and talk of what to expect.
“We do all sorts of spins and tricks. It’s like a roller coaster on the water. You get wet, you get cooled off. You see the city from Chicago’s lake Michigan. It’s an absolute thrill of a ride, it’s awesome.”
A truly thrilling and exhilarating ride. But don’t worry if speed is not your thing.
“We have four sea dog boats that we have here and in our compliment of our fleet.”
Meaning you can board the yellow sea dog instead, head into the river, for a educational tour of Chicago architecture.
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’When we go on the architecture cruise, we go right up the Chicago river. Basically through the downtown center, the heart of Chicago.” says Serbin of Seadog Venture.
Before entering the river, you first must go though a lock. Sort of an elevator for boats.
“So the lock system controls that water flow. And we have to transit through those locks. It’s the busiest lock in the nation.”
Our guide today, a guy named Keegan. A guide that knows a lot about the windy city. We enter the river under lake shore drive.
“I find that people love the architecture tour because they get to see the buildings from the water, from the river, looking up at the skyscrapers, they learn about the history of them" says Keegan.
‘This one over here your starboard side, this very glassy one, this is 300 north Lasalle.”
You will learn so much about Chicago on the Seadog. For example, did you know that the skyscraper was first invented here in 1885. It was 10 stories tall.
Did you know that the great Chicago fire of 1871 was not started by ms. O’leary’s cow? A reporter made up that story. No one is sure how the fire started.
Did you know that the tribune tower of 1922, was built from rocks and bricks taken from world landmarks? Including the Taj Mahal, great wall of china and Lincoln’s tomb.
“They will learn about certain buildings were built. The type of architecture they are, who the builders were, the reasons behind them and the principal of the buildings themselves.”
I love this tour because I’m learning so much today and it’s the perfect ride for children including my son Riley says Kathleen Overchuck of Wildside TV. He loves looking at all the tall and unique buildings.
EXTREME SEA DOG RIDE
“The great thing about is that we not only get an architecture portion, we also throw in a speed boat ride with that.”
Don’t worry, this speed boat ride is smooth with no crazy turns like the sea dog extreme. You can even get great photos of the skyline while cruising.
“Oh what I love about the sea dog is you get a variety of different tours that we get to do. So I get to go on the river, I get to see the city from the river and I still get to go fast and have on the lakefront.”
So weather it’s spinning on the lakefront, or simply cruising the river learning about architecture, the sea dog has something for everyone. All to enjoy in one of america’s greatest cities.
The sea dog fleet runs in Chicago for about 6 months. Until those harsh winter days move into the windy city. It’s a great experience so go check it our for yourself.
Written by Randy Rauch
Swimming With Whale Sharks In Downtown Atlanta!
UNLIKLEY PLACE FOR WHALE SHARKS
While the sun heats up downtown Atlanta on a summer afternoon, down the street sits one of the coolest spots in all of Georgia. A place that has managed to bring together three different oceans under it's rooftop.
It's an astounding place. Home to some of the most unique, sort of creepy looking and simply amazing creatures you will ever find underwater. All under one rooftop known as the georgia aquarium.
“Six point three million gallons of water. It's like no other place in the world. Usa today just named us one of the top 12 made made attractions on the planet “ says Christopher Duncan senior dive master.
Everything at the Georgia Aquarium is big. Over 300 tons of acrylic windows. Some 60 miles of piping. And over a million pounds of sea salt, to make the waters here, seem like the real thing.
But for visitors, it's what lives in these waters that keeps them coming back for more. Creatures once thought impossible to be kept in captivity, survive and thrive perfectly here at the Georgia Aquarium. Keeping them in captivity is something I will save for another post and discussion.
“They like to hang out on the surface, that is where they are fed."
And it's these gentle giants, better known as whale sharks, the largest fish in the world, that seem to grab the most attention. They can grow up to 40 feet long. And while you can view these sharks through acrylic habitats, what if you could visit these giants face to face? You can!
DIViNG WITH WHALE SHARKS
Anyone can come sign up, pay and dive with whale sharks. There is also a snorkel swim where you don't have to be certified. The group I'm with today prepare for the encounter of a lifetime. They will head into the ocean voyager habitat, and swim side by side with these giants.
"On average, we bring many guests through our program daily. They are able to dive and swim in the worlds most largest exhibits."
After going over the do's and don't about whale sharks, the group heads to the top of the habitat. This is where they will enter the water. It's a first class experience. All the dive gear is prepared and laid out for them .
"We get you in, suit you up, all you have to be is a certified diver. We come and take care of everything. You have your wetsuits, your booties.
It's just a matter of zipping up and the group is ready to dive. There's a quick group photo, and the next thing you know, your feet our dangling just above the whale sharks.
"We have four whale sharks here. They love to say hello. The cool thing about these animals, they are very much used of people. So they are going to come extremely close."
One by one, we enter the worlds largest underwater habitat. We meet down as a group. As I adjust my mask, a giant manta ray swims overhead effortlessly. Something you don't see everyday, even in the wild. I'm amazed at the enormity and shear size of this indoor ocean. It's hold 6 million gallons of water.
"You would forget when your down there that your in Atlanta, Georgia."
You get to explore all corners of the tank. This is that 100 foot tunnel that visitors gaze through along a conveyor belt. It's a neat perspective while underwater.
"Three different oceans for the animals. From the Indian, Pacific and the Atlantic oceans. It's incredible. Some of these animals, divers have never seen in their entire life."
Aside from the animals, the dive includes people encounters. Remember that giant viewing window into the habitat? It's kind of fun to put your hands against the glass, and interact with guests on the outside. All while a whale shark swims slowly over your head. It's easy to get distracted down here. There is much to see. But the main reason for the dive for me, is the whale sharks.
"We have two females and two males. Are largest female ranging from 26, 27 feet. The biggest one on record is right around 41. So ours are still juveniles."
Even though they are juveniles, there size is still amazing. The crystal clear water is also breath taking here. I once dove with whale sharks in the wild, off the coast of Mexico, but the visibility was not like this.
'You can go anywhere in the world. Belize, Honduras, you may see some whale sharks. But your guaranteed to seem them here, Atlanta, Georgia."
Our 30 minute dive has come to an end. We head up to the surface. And for our dive master Christopher, he loves to see peoples reactions to this encounter.
'When they come up, and have that smile on their face. And they are like holy cow, that is like the greatest thing I have ever seen. They tell me always, I have the greatest job in the world. And I have to agree with them."
FINAL THOUGHTS ABOUT DIVING WITH WHALE SHARKS
As I get out of the water, I have just one thought to share about the dive.
"Everyone in america should do this once in their life. It's amazing."
This really is an amazing place. Everyone should visit the Georgia Aquarium. You can go to their website for pricing. And while you have to be a certified diver to scuba with the whale sharks. The aquarium also has a swim with the whale sharks encounter where no certification is needed.
Junk Is King Here At Solomon's Castle!
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WHO IS HOWARD SOLOMON?
WHAT IS INSIDE THE CASTLE?
The castle is substantial with an eccentric theoretical outline inside. The manor is continually advancing and changing as you will see if you visit more than once.
He began with this workshop and developed and out from that point. Following seven years of hard work, the Solomon family could move into their new home.
The principal floor of Solomon's Castle is the place the displays are. This region has several models all made out of garbage or as Howard called them, "discovered articles". A portion of these articles incorporates disposed of stray pieces, brew jars, ocean shells, oil drums, sheet metal, and wood.
Howard made workmanship from this far-fetched accumulation by utilizing a few abilities including welding, painting, carpentry, wood turning, and an extraordinary comical inclination. For instance, you will see a bike made out of apparatuses, sprockets and utilized auto parts. It's named “Evil Kornevil".
Another awesome work of craftsmanship is "Jeb Bushman". It's an elephant produced using a few oil drums with the tusks made out of manatee ribs and toenails made out from mollusk shells.
Solomon's Castle has a one of a kind eatery named Boat In The Moat. It is a fun and comfortable place to eat even in the summer Florida heat. It's an imitation of a Spanish ship and it sits in a real canal.
FLORIDA TV OPINION
Man Jumps Off Cruise Ship And Survives!
Man Jumps off cruise ship and lives to tell.
We saw this video possibly several years back. Not sure if it was 2016, 2017 or later. Man must of been a passenger or employee since he was on the ship to begin with. Maybe he's a pro diver or swimmer. Who knows?
If anyone knows more about this story, please let me know. Very curious.