Since the moment I first laid eyes on a DUKW—an amphibious vehicle known as a Duck—I wanted to ride in one. Badly. Originally designed to transport military troops and supplies during WWII, these days Ducks are better known for transporting tourists around Boston’s best-known attractions.
My dream finally came true thanks to an unexpected invitation from BU Law. As part of Boston University’s Alumni Reunion festivities, the law school organized a Boston Duck Tour outing for students and alumni. Naturally, I jumped at the opportunity and roped my friend Nina into joining the tour as well.
Menacing clouds gave way to rain as we trudged along to our rendezvous spot. The technicolor milieu typical of autumn in New England was muted by monotone skies reflecting off skyscrapers. I feared the inclement weather would put a damper on our excursion.
I was wrong. Boarding Frog Pond Lily was akin to landing in Oz via the Magic School Bus. The interior was awash in red pendants, BU-branded sunglasses, and the rosy countenance of our fellowship. ConDUCKtor Milk was our fearless leader. He skillfully guided us through the enthralling chaos of downtown Boston, all the while enlightening us with trivia about the founding fathers, local delicacies, and The Boston Molassacre. Finally, the big moment arrived: We drove straight into the Charles River.
What happened next might just be one of the greatest moments of my law school career: I, Brynn Felix, was handed the wheel of the floating Frog Pond Lily. The sheer excitement of it all rendered me terribly awkward; I was so overcome that I only managed to mumble, “This is riveting,” in response to Mr. Milk’s fluid comedy routine at the helm. I’ve been in the presence of Senators, Governors, and even an Emperor, but nothing quite beats the thrill of maneuvering the Frog Pond Lily through the Charles River. I’m grateful to know that if a career in law doesn’t work out, I could always have a future in the Duck arts.
For more information about Boston Duck Tours, visit http://www.bostonducktours.com/.