The Colorado Traveling Ducks and their humans wish you a very happy Labor Day holiday. Enjoy this last long week end of the summer.
Soapy Smith Duck and I, Zeb the Duck had dinner at Swing Thai.
There are 4 locations in Denver; we dined at 845 Colorado Boulevard. These are locally owned restaurants. Our moms went also. First we order a pot of Jasmine tea.
It was so good. While our dinner was being prepared, we admired this wall.
Our moms have visited Thailand, before we ducks joined the family. Soapy and I also loved the picture.
Here is our dinner.
There is Massaman curry with tamarin, coriander, potato, onion and peanuts. The brown rice is added to the curry dish. We have chicken satay with peanut sauce. The chicken spring rolls are rolled in rice paper. Everything was so good. Tasty, but not too spicy. We sat in a booth for dinner, but there is a bar in the front of the restaurant. Soapy and I loved the fish lanterns hanging over the bar.
The people were so nice here also. If you have dinner at Swing Thai, you will really like it. Check out their website at SwingThai.com
Sunday I, Zeb the Duck and Soapy Smith Duck visited the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Sunday was the last day for the exhibit Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, and our moms took us to see the exhibit. It was wonderful.
We liked this stela dedicated to the Quirigua’s most important king, K’ah’ Tiliw Chan Yo’at meaning, “Fire burning Celestial Lightning God.
By holding a jaguar headed throne made at the dawn of the universe, he aligns himself with the creative powers of the Maize God. All the artifacts had signs explaining what we were seeing. Quirigua is a Mayan site in southeast Guatemala.
This is a Mayan altar.
The altars commemorated important occasions and served as the settings for elaborate sacrifices, including human offerings, to the gods.
Throughout the exhibit, we watched short videos. They were very interesting.
This artifact was displayed in a case.
The accompanying sign explains the importance of this statue. Copan ruins are in western Honduras near the Guatemala border.
Did you know that the Mayan people invented the bouncing rubber ball? They did. The Spaniards were so impressed with the bouncing ball and the games played that they took a ball team to Spain to perform for Spanish royalty. The ball was made with liquid from the rubber tree.
To make a bouncing rubber ball, the Maya cooked latex from the rubber trees with juice from the morning glory vine. Experts shaped the elastic mixture into spheres or pulled it into strips that they wound into balls.
This rubber ball is very heavy. It weighs 8 pounds.
We also saw clothing, cooking utensils, knife blades, tombs and jewelry. The Mayan exhibit has left Denver now and is going to Boston. If this exhibit comes to your area, you would like to see it. This was on the front of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Please go to any exhibit that comes to your town. We see many of them and they are all very interesting. You will enjoy visiting these exhibits.
I, Zeb the Duck, visited the Denver Zoo Friday.
Bert the hippopotamus celebrated his 58th birthday Thursday, August 21. In the wild, hippos live 30-40 years and in captivity, they live about 10 years longer. Bert is way past that.
First mom and I went to the Pachyderm Habitat.
Bert was there, eating.
He sure is big. This sign explains much of Bert’s life.
Bert is the oldest hippo in North America and perhaps in the entire world. That is amazing!
Bert has some geriatric problems, including arthritis, stiffness and dental issues.
Bert spends much of his time in the water.
The water helps alleviate the pressure of carrying his 5,000 pounds.
After leaving Bert’s home, we spotted this statue.
I think I look good with the hippopotamus.
I hope you visit the Denver Zoo soon. If you visit Denver Zoo this weekend and your name has Bert in it, you get in free. That’s for RoBERTa, RoBERT, and so many more names. If not, visit a zoo near you. Other zoos may not have Bert, but zoos are wonderful places and so much fun. You will have a great day at a zoo.
An art show with all original paintings. At the Wheat Ridge Carnation Festival we followed the signs and went to the art show.
This group creates in oil, acrylic, watercolor, colored pencil and pen and ink. We liked it all.
This watercolor painting received first place.
Such bright colors. This picture received second place.
These oil paintings of cats made mom smile.
We especially liked the cat painting a lion. An abstract in watercolor received honorable mention.
Very colorful! Isn’t this watercolor giraffe adorable?
This lady is great. That is a real white feather on her hat and a real earing.
Very creative and effective!
Last year’s first place winner created this wolf, labeled “Alpha”
Michael also created the lion, named “Watching Over”. Michael uses colored pencils.
There were a great variety of subjects for the art work.
I, Zeb the Duck, was fascinated by and appreciated it all. I hope you visit an art show near you and see work by local artists.
Wheat Ridge, Colorado held the Carnation Festival last weekend.
It was in two locations this year. Saturday morning was the parade. Mom and I went to the festival near the end of the parade. There was music
and the popular face-painting booth.
This free bubble fun area was new to this duck.
I think it was nice for the young humans. Also, humans and ducks, could jump on this hopscotch area.
In the evening we went to the second festival area at Anderson Park in Wheat Ridge. There was a circus tent, an area for the spaghetti dinner and several other booths. Here the small humans picked a duck with a number on the bottom.
The number determined the prize. Kids rode bikes through this cone area.
The children also had a play area.
This girl sits on a chair while others through a ball at the target. If they hit the target, the girl falls in the water.
She just got dunked and is now back on the chair—very wet. I, Zeb the Duck, like the kettle corn.
I also like festivals. Next time I will show you original artwork from the Wheat Ridge art exhibition. Don’t miss it!
Woof Fest 2014 was yesterday, August 17, 2014.
This event for dogs and humans, and two of the Colorado Traveling Ducks, was held at Denver’s Civic Center Park. I, Zeb the Duck, went with Soapy Smith Duck and our moms. Soapy’s dog, Steve, went also. Bands were performing in the Greek Theater.
Several dogs were here also. Here are two of them.
Steve and Soapy’s mom went shopping here. Steve (she is a girl) got a pink fluffy collar with pearls and another collar with a pink bandana. There is so much stuff for dogs at Woof Fest. This, Joyful Bling Dog Gear, was our favorite store.
The storeowner, Connie, said the store is on Facebook. Check them out! Your dog will love you for it.
Next stop was a tattoo for Steve. She is not sure about this during the process,
but here she is, very happy with her new heart tattoo.
Woof Fest is a benefit concert for underprivileged pets. Live music was performed on two stages. Here was the merchandise for Woof Fest.
Steve has so many things already, so we did not purchase more, but each of the moms gave a donation for pets.
Soapy and I were happy they did—we like dogs and all pets.
Steve is in the off leash pet area now.
We saw this Dalmatian Duck.
He is so cute, but he already has an owner. We just took this photo. This is a great idea and booth.
Pet owners can Ask a Veterinarian questions about pets here. There were several dishes with cold water, some with ice, for the dogs.
Ducks were not allowed in the water bowls.
We had great food from this Manna from Heaven Food Truck.
One mom had a sandwich and one mom had a wrap. Steve had a little grilled pork and grilled chicken.
Denver’s Civic Center Park is between the Capitol building and the City and County Building. It is very nice. Here are a couple statues.
We hope you come to Woof Fest next year. If there is one in your city, visit and you will have a good time. For more information, visit www.wooffest.org
I, Zeb the Duck, had lunch at the historic Bucksnort Saloon in Sphinx Park, Colorado.
Mom and her friends took me to Pine, Colorado and then to the Bucksnort. A former stage stop and general store in the 1890’s, now is a very popular summer stop. Let’s go inside.
The first room has a pool table and this buffalo.
Also old photos and money are on the walls.
People sign dollars and tape the money to the wall. Proof they were here. And it is fun. Look at this poster. Trying to hire young men to work for Pony Express.
Orphans preferred?? Sounds dangerous to this duck.
Next is the main dining area. Even this elk has signed dollars on him.
And the bar.
So many signed dollars everywhere. This is a great place. Mom had the featured Buck Burger. It was real good. Sharon had a taco salad.
There was a lot of eating, drinking and talking here.
People could eat outside.
This saloon is nestled in the forested mountains. Love the rock formation behind the house.
The Bucksnort is located on Elk Creek.
This is popular with everyone, and especially motorcycle riders. This biker came for lunch also and posed for mom to take his picture.
This place is so pretty and everybody is so nice. You will love the Bucksnort Saloon. For more information visit www.thebucksnortsaloon.com Try to go there for lunch this summer. It is about an hour drive southwest of Denver.
I, Zeb the Duck went to Buena Vista, Colorado for Gold Rush Days. It was great! We went Sunday, August 10, 2014. First the burros were blessed. After they started the race, we all went to the Lariat Saloon.
A fight started at the bar and soon there was a shooting.
One man was arrested and hand cuffed.
The other man was dead on the floor.
We all went to the jail for a hanging. At the jail, the sheriff decided not to hang the killer, but gave us a history lesson. Only one hanging occurred in Buena Vista. Usually the guilty were run out of town. Of course, this was all an act and here are the main characters:
The sheriff, the killer, the killed, and the ladies of the evening. Wow! This was great.
While we waited for the winning burros to return, I saw something new. We watched the toilet seat races!! The toilet seats have 3 wheels on the bottom.
Humans kneel, sit or any position, use 2 toilet plungers like ski poles, feet never touching the ground, and race to the finish line. The races are by age groups. Here are young humans ready to race.
This guy is doing great!
The last race was for adults. This is a new racing position.
Remember– feet cannot touch ground. Here I, Zeb the Duck, am with several toilet seats.
The winner of each race receives a prize. This young lady won a golden plunger.
Here come the burros.
These two are so close. The winner, on the right wearing a red shirt, is Justin from Conifer, Colorado. His burro is Yukon Jack. The burros have microchips on the halter, so we know the winning time was 1 hour, 35 minutes and 56 seconds. A fraction of second behind was Patrick from California, on the left with a number 4. Patrick was the winner last year. Look at the shoes.
Justin from Conifer has running shoes and Patrick from California wears running sandals!
This was a festival, so we visited vender’s booths, ate funnel cake, and watched kids play. Buena Vista is on the Arkansas River and is a great town.
We will visit again and hope you visit here also.
Steamboat Springs is an old western town, a great ski town, and has many activities on the Yampa River. But, Steamboat Springs has several wonderful art galleries also. You will enjoy the Avenue Gallery.
The Steamboat Art Company is another good choice.
Or, don’t make a choice—visit them all.
Mom and I enjoyed these statues by the benches.
I, Zeb the Duck, really like the main street of Steamboat Springs.
Mom and I entered the Wild Horse Gallery. We met Shirley Stocks, an owner and one of the artists. She said we could take a few photos. For more information on the Wild Horse Gallery visit http://www.wildhorsegallery.com
As we prepare to leave Steamboat Springs, I gaze at these historic buildings, but I also want you to see some new buildings.
And, I particularly liked this crow guarding the neighborhood.
When I saw this dinosaur I was a little confused. Mom said many years ago, some Sinclair gas stations had them. Dino was new to this duck, but I like Dino.
He makes the gas station seem friendly. Visit Steamboat Springs when you can. You will like it here. We did.