Duck Races in Estes Park

I, Zeb the Duck and “Soapy” Smith Duck viewed the Duck Races in Estes Park, Colorado.

We love duck races

We love duck races

We love duck races and we love Estes Park, so it was a perfect day for us!  We saw lots of duck stuff for sale.  We now have a new little member of our duck family.

Soapy, Zeb and The Green Lantern watching duck necklaces

Soapy, Zeb and The Green Lantern watching duck necklaces

Meet our superhero, the Green Lantern.

The first ducks to race down the river were the larger, corporate sponsored ducks.  They were decorated.

Great duck

Great duck

Some arrived swimming rapidly and

Some up and some down

Some up and some down

some were turned over by the power of the river.  Several large ducks got caught

Oh no!

Oh no!

on a rock and then they were rescued.

Saved!  Thank you

Saved! Thank you

Here we are with some large ducks that finished the race early.

So many ducks

So many ducks

 

We watch the races.

Beautiful day and beautiful river!

Beautiful day and beautiful river!

Next the smaller ducks raced for the finish line.  The rocks didn’t catch these little guys;

Swim little cousins

Swim little cousins

they just kept swimming for the end of the race.  The ducks were caught in large fishnets

Wow!  At the finish line

Wow! At the finish line

and then checked for numbers to determine prizes.

Did we win???

Did we win???

Soapy and Zeb met our bigger relative.

Our bigger cousin

Our bigger cousin

We liked him!  During the races some people made bets on the duck squat.

Does it really mean that??

Does it really mean that??

You can guess what that is.  Live ducks in the large enclosed area will make a deposit on the winning square.  So undignified, but so funny.

The duck races are loved in Estes Park.  The door to the Wheel Bar has pictures of us and cousins!

We ducks love Estes Park!

We ducks love Estes Park!

Duck races must make humans hungry.

Green Lantern Duck at Bob and Tony's Pizza

Green Lantern Duck at Bob and Tony’s Pizza

Our moms decided to eat at Bob and Tony’s Pizza.  Visit   http://www.bobandtonyspizza.com

Yum!  Hawaiian Pizza

Yum! Hawaiian Pizza

We liked it too.

Our moms said there would be other duck races this summer.  We want to go.  We hope you can watch duck races also.  Either with us in Colorado, or at a river near you.  Try them, you will have fun!

Duck racing!

Duck racing!

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Cinco de mayo in Denver

I, Zeb the Duck, went to Denver’s Cinco de mayo festival Sunday.  Mom and her friend went with me.  We listened to music from 3 different stages.  The Cinco de mayo celebration is held at Civic Center park in downtown Denver.

Some Denver streets were closed and filled with venders.

Many visitors, many venders

Many visitors, many venders

We did a lot of looking,

Like the hat

Like the hat

some shopping

Another hat and whistles

Another hat and whistles

and some eating.

Lots of food and it was good!

Lots of food and it was good!

But, let me explain a little about cinco de mayo.  On May 5, 1862, France was ruled by Napoleon II.  About 8,000 French soldiers attacked the city of Puebla, Mexico.  The Mexico soldiers were outnumbered, but the Mexican soldiers, led by General Ignacio Zaragoza Sequin, defeated Napoleon’s French Army.  This French army had not suffered a significant defeat for almost 50 years.  That is why cinco de mayo is celebrated today.

However, within one year, Napoleon II sent more soldiers to Mexico and the French captured Mexico City and French Emperor Maximilian I ruled Mexico for  three years.

After eating, we watched the Chihuahua races.

Yes!  Chihuahua races

Yes! Chihuahua races. Top prize is $500.

These little dogs raced in groups of 4 and were so cute.

Ready to race

Ready to race

It was difficult to get good photos because of the crowds, but you would love seeing these little dogs run.  The racing area had glass on each side of race lanes to guide and protect the little dogs.

Racing

Racing

The race was sponsored by Jammin 101.5 radio.  The radio mascot watches the races.

Radio mascot watching races

Radio mascot watching races

Walking around the park I saw more Chihuahuas than I had seen in my whole life.

So cute

So cute

This festival was fun.

Chihuahua with hat

Chihuahua with hat

I want to go again next year and we hope you will go to a cinco de mayo festival in Denver or wherever you will be next year.  It was fun.

Colorado Traveling Ducks and the humans wish you a very happy Cinco do Mayo today and hope you had fun celebrating this weekend.

Happy cinco de mayo

Happy cinco de mayo

Kayaking in Golden Colorado

Clear Creek runs through Golden, Colorado.  Brave souls kayak on this water.

Clear Creek Whitewater Park

Clear Creek Whitewater Park

In the spring the water, new snowmelt, is very cold and runs fast.

Kayaking area

Kayaking area

We watched these men prepare and enter Clear Creek with kayaks.

Entering the river

Entering the river

As they waited for the rest of the group, these two ventured into the small rapids.

To the rapids

To the rapids

Practicing rolling over, under water, and then returning to an upright position,

Rolling in the kayak

Rolling in the kayak

these men didn’t seem to mind the cold temperatures.  The water and air were fairly cold this late April day, and the wind was also chilling.  I, Zeb the Duck and my human friends, loved watching these kayakers.

Maybe later???

Maybe later???

We did not kayak today.  Maybe we will on a warmer day, but I’m not too sure about this.  If you want to kayak, Golden, Colorado is a beautiful place to start.

 

Sherpa House with Zeb

I, Zeb the Duck, and my humans visited the Sherpa House Restaurant and Cultural Center in Golden, Colorado.

Sherpa House in Golden, Colorado

Sherpa House in Golden, Colorado

This place is a restaurant in a typical Sherpa house decorated, as it would be in Nepal.  The Buddhist prayer wheel is fantastic.

Prayer wheel outside

Prayer wheel outside

This sign explains some of the culture.

About Sherpa life

About Sherpa life

Ler's go inside

Ler’s go inside

We sat on the enclosed patio and sampled the lunch buffet.

Buffet is labeled so we know what we are trying

Buffet is labeled so we know what we are trying

We tried various kinds of chicken.  We also had yak.  I liked all of these.  We tried a spicy stew, and it was very spicy.  Then we ate naan, tasty fried bread.  The Saag, spinach with a little cream sauce, was very good.  Vegetarian lo mien was great also.

Ready to taste our first plate

Ready to taste our first plate

The humans tried and enjoyed almost all that was offered.  They drank lots of Chai tea.  They smiled and it really smelled good.

In warmer weather we could eat outside on this patio.

We eat here when it is warmer

We eat here when it is warmer

It was too cool today.  After eating, many items in the house fascinated the humans.

Shrine room

Shrine room

Information about a beverage

Information about a beverage

Raksi set

Raksi set

Actually, they were interesting to me; I am a curious duck.

You will enjoy the Sherpa House in Golden, Colorado.  After visiting, eating and looking at the items and photographs, you might even want to visit the Himalayas.

Prayer wheel by main door

Prayer wheel by main door

Mom has been there, but I think she should go again and take me.  For more information visit www.ussherpahouse.com  There is so much to see you will love it and maybe want to return many times.

Visit the Sherpa House Restaurant and Cultural Center

Visit the Sherpa House Restaurant and Cultural Center

Don’t miss this piece of Nepal in Colorado.