Happy Halloween 2014

The Colorado Traveling Ducks and their humans wish you all a very Happy Halloween.   We are all here with lots of candy to give to the trick or treaters.   We like the young ones. the teenage trick or treaters, and the parents, too.  Everybody that comes here is offered candy.

The Colorado Traveling Ducks wish you a Sweet Halloween

The Colorado Traveling Ducks wish you a Sweet Halloween

As you can see, there are a lot of ducks in our family.   We thank everyone that brought new relatives to us.   Have a sweet time today.

This Animal has Three sets of Eyelids

Yesterday we went to US Bank.   They usually have a sign with quiz for the day.  This one was new to us.  What animal has three sets of eyelids?  The correct answer, according to the teller, is a camel.  They have 2 sets with eyelashes to help protect their eyes from sand.  The third set is very thin and acts as a “windshield wiper” to clean the eyes.  This thin eyelid opens and closes from side to side, not up and down.  This eyelid is thin enough that the camel can somewhat see through it.   During sandstorms or high winds, the camels often close this thin lid to protect the eyes, but still able to see where they are going.   Wow!  I am so glad we went to the bank and learned this.  I never knew about three sets of eyelids.

A camel

A camel

The White Fence Farm of Colorado

You have to eat at this restaurant!   I, Zeb the Duck, went to the White Fence Farm for dinner.

White Fence Farm for dinner in Lakewood, Colorado

White Fence Farm for dinner in Lakewood, Colorado

The food was great, but even if it wasn’t, this place has so much to see.

I went with Soapy Smith Duck, little Pumpkin Duck and our moms.   The front yard of this farm style restaurant has a gazebo,

Looking from the gazebo to play area in front yard

Looking from the gazebo to play area in front yard

a play area, statues of many animals and

Ducks!  Our kind swimming

Ducks! Our kind swimming

a stream and pond with ducks.  There are also peacocks in an enclosed area.

Peacock is bright blue

Peacock is bright blue

We really liked this delivery truck for White Fence Farm.

Great truck

Great truck

This restaurant opened in 1973, as “Wilson’s Good Eating” and was an immediate success.   They added a Country Cottage to give diners an opportunity to shop before and after dinner. Country Cottage is still there and so is Giggleblossom Cottage.

Giggleblossom Cottage is a great place to shop

Giggleblossom Cottage is a great place to shop

In 1981, Wilson’s Good Eating made an agreement with the White Fence Farm Restaurant near Joliet, Illinois.   The menu was simplified, the award winning chicken recipe was served and the OK Corral was built.   Denver’s White Fence Farm was created.   At the OK Corral, we fed and touched the animals.

This goat likes Soapy's mom

This goat likes Soapy’s mom

We love these animals.

Small cow looking for food or humans to touch him

Small cow looking for food or humans to touch him

After all the animal contact, the humans needed to wash their hands.

Always wash your hands.

Always wash your hands.

Around the farm we found a 1925 Ford Model T one ton truck.

1925 Ford Model T Truck

1925 Ford Model T Truck

This truck cost $1,300 when it was new.  It did not have a gas gauge.   A stick inserted in the gas tank showed how much fuel you had.   We liked this old farm equipment.  This Rest Haven was Out of Order.

Have to use indoor plumbing.

Have to use indoor plumbing.

Inside the farmhouse, or restaurant, we found many dining rooms.   Each was friendly, cozy and very nice.   While waiting to be seated, some people sat in this area.

Enjoy this cozy room while waiting for your table

Enjoy this cozy room while waiting for your table

We had the famous country fried chicken.  Yum.  The chicken dinner has 4 pieces, or ½ a chicken. The waitress placed a big plate with 8 pieces of fried chicken on the table.   Everything was delicious.

After dinner, we visited the Americana Barn.  The barn is huge and attached to the restaurant.  There is an indoor play area for small children. The Carriage House has the Hen House Five entertaining.

Entertainment for young and older humans

Entertainment for young and older humans

You will love them.  There is also an indoor stage, called the Front Porch Stage, featuring live entertainment.

Enjoy the inside Front Porch Stage

Enjoy the inside Front Porch Stage

Tables are here and you can purchase snacks and beverages while you are entertained.  There is so much to see and do at The White Fence Farm that you will want to return often.   And, the food is excellent.  For more information visit www.whitefencefarm-co.com

My Friend was in England

Zeb the Duck here.   You remember my friend, Channel the Bear. She was in England for over a week. Channel sent this photo looking at the English yard and garden. She was at a friend’s house in Brenchley, Kent in England.

Channel in Brenchley, Kent in England

Channel in Brenchley, Kent in England

Thanks for the photo Channel.

And, Channel brought me a present.  A new cousin!  This is Clive, he is an English Bobby.

Meet Clive.  He is an English Bobby.

Meet Clive.  He is an English Bobby.

The policemen in England are called Bobbies after Sir Robert Peel.  He set up the first organized police service in London in 1829.  Clive is a very welcome addition to our duck family.  Thanks Channel.  I bet you had a great time in England.  But we are all happy that you are back home now.

The Pumpkin Patch at Rock Creek Farm

We went to the Pumpkin Patch.

The Pumpkin Patch

The Pumpkin Patch

We walked around the field. We picked up pumpkins and brought them home.  I, Zeb the Duck, Soapy Smith Duck, Pumpkin Duck and our moms visited the pumpkin patch in Broomfield, Colorado, just a little northwest of Denver.

Rock Creek Farm has over 100 acres of pumpkins for you to choose pumpkins.

One of many pumpkin fields to enjoy

One of many pumpkin fields to enjoy

There are several different fields. Soapy’s dog, Steve, went with us.

Steve is busy exploring in pumpkin fields

Steve is busy exploring in pumpkin fields

Steve is heading for the pumpkins.   Many of the pumpkins are still growing on the vine. When we came to the farm, we were given this pumpkin saw.   We ducks are sitting here guarding the pumpkin saw.

Ducks on pumpkin with pumpkin saw.  Some call it a plastic knife

Ducks on pumpkin with pumpkin saw. Some call it a plastic knife

After the pumpkins were picked and put in the trunk, we visited the corn maize.   There are different corn maizes of different lengths.   Zeb and Soapy want this longer one of 4.5 miles. Pumpkin Duck wants a shorter one, 1.7 miles.

Entrance to corn maize

Entrance to corn maize

This farm is really kid friendly.  Human kids 5 years and younger can go in the maize for free.   These picnic tables are near the entrance to the maize.

Hay and straw everywhere

Hay and straw everywhere

There are bales of hay and straw everywhere.

Next we went to the kids play area. We like this wagon with hay and pumpkins.

Looks like autumn here

Looks like autumn here

This tractor is also great.

Ducks on a tractor

Ducks on a tractor

Then we saw the farm animals. These pigs really liked Steve.

Our first pig sighting

Our first pig sighting

Cows are just so cute.

The humans pet this cow

The humans touched this cow

The cows like Steve also.

Let's be friends

Let’s be friends

While we walk around, mom puts us in a small brown bag.

Ducks travel in a paper bag

Ducks travel in a paper bag

But, while looking at the goats, the goat wanted to eat us!

Hey mom.  We need a little help here

Hey mom. We need a little help here

That was not so much fun for us.   The moms thought it was really funny.   The human kids can play here

Little humans have so many places for fun

Little humans have so many places for fun

on the slide and in the bouncy house.   Before leaving, we go to the booths to pay for our pumpkins. We also bought pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and sprinkles on top. Water was also purchased. Steve was thirsty after the pumpkin patch, so she drank most of the water we brought. Look at all the different types of gourds and stuff they grow here.

So much to see and purchase if you want

So much to see and purchase if you want

This is a great place. We hope you visit the pumpkin patch this week. There are still hundred of pumpkins, but they are going fast. Visit www.RockCreekFarm.com    for more information.

Eastern Colorado Prepares for Autumn

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck, went to eastern Colorado recently.   Please welcome our newest member of the Duck family.

Pumpkin Duck joins the Duck family

Pumpkin Duck joins the Duck family

Pumpkin Duck was recently hatched.

We love the mountains in the west, but the east has farms.   We found these bales of hay near the road.

Ducks on hay

Ducks on hay

The bales are scattered in the field with wind turbines in the background. The eastern plains of Colorado are often windy, so wind turbines are a common sight.

A little further down the road we saw these machines.   Mom is not sure what they are doing, but the green machine works in the field.

Working on the farm

Working on the farm

The green machine keeps something from the field and empties it into these trucks.

Pouring stuff into truck

Pouring stuff into truck

Farming requires a lot of hard work.

Ready to begin work

Ready to begin work

Here there were several men nearby getting ready to start work early one morning.

Many crops are already harvested.   Now the hay is being prepared for winter.  Some bales are stacked in the fields.

For winter

For winter

Some are stacked in a shelter.

Stored under shelter

Stored under shelter

Farms often have animals in addition to crops.

Love the cows

Love the cows

These cows are happily grazing.

Irrigation system

Irrigation system

Eastern Colorado does not usually receive enough rain, so irrigation is necessary for crops to thrive.

This farmer might be a Denver Broncos football team fan.

Colorado loves the Denver Broncos

Colorado loves the Denver Broncos

Love the orange and blue!  Viewing acres of cared for farmland is beautiful.

Eastern Colorado farm

Eastern Colorado farm

But, we ducks love the cows the most.

Love this cow

Love this cow

When we see farms, we appreciate the hard work done here to bring food to all of us.

Diwali

Zeb the Duck here and want you to know that today, October 23, 2014 is the first day of Diwali.   I just learned this. Diwali is the Festival of Light!  Diwali, or Deepavali, is a religious holiday observed by Hindu, Sikh, Buddhist, and Jain cultures.  It is a celebration of the victory of good over evil the triumph of light over darkness and the renewal of life.

To celebrate the five days of Diwali, people decorate their homes with lights, watch fireworks, wear new clothes and distribute gifs to friends and family members.  It is also a time for prayer and religious rituals.  Often the decorating lights are small oil lamps called diyas.

We learned this at www.punchbowl.com/holidays/diwali   Thanks to punchbowl for teaching us about new holidays.

Best Chocolate in Denver–4 years straight

We love chocolate!   Zeb the Duck here and I just returned from Roberta’s Chocolates.

Roberta's Chocolates in Denver

Roberta’s Chocolates in Denver

This store has everything.  You can see they have the unusual also.   It is close to Halloween, so this is a warning.

Yes.  We want to enter

Yes. We want to enter

We dared and we entered.   Look at this candy with Halloween decorations.

Happy and Sweet Halloween

Happy and Sweet Halloween

Everywhere I looked I saw tempting treats. You have to see this and buy some.

Yum

Yum

You will love it.   Roberta even has Bronco themed candy.

Always a reason for chocolate

Always a reason for chocolate

You know that the Denver Broncos are having a great football season.  Sunday Peyton Manning, the quarterback, shattered the record for the most touchdown passes in NFL history.   So Bronco candy is a sweet success.

Near this ghost and scarecrow, you can drool over the selection of fudge.

Even the ghost loves this creamy fudge

Even the ghost and scarecrow love this creamy fudge

We received some of this fudge as a gift a few months ago.  It is delicious.  A few weeks ago we sent some of Roberta’s fudge to our Alaska cousin, Eider Duck, in North Pole, Alaska.  Eider and the humans loved this fudge.   You should know that all the candy is made right here in this building. Roberta makes some candy.  While we were there she had 2 employees making candy.   Fresher is better.   The selection of truffles (on the left) is large and delicious.

Pick your favorites.  Truffles on the left, creams and nuts on the right

Pick your favorites. Truffles on the left, creams and nuts on the right

On the right you can see the chocolate creams and nuts.   This store has so many different kinds of chocolate.   Everywhere you look is another sweet treat.   Roberta has been satisfying the chocolate cravings of Denver since 1995.   Roberta’s Chocolate won the Best Chocolate category in the Denver A-List competition—for the 4th year in a row.  The people of Denver vote, so we definitely think this is the best chocolate in town.   When we were here a few weeks ago, Roberta told us she recently signed another multi year lease.  We will be enjoying Roberta’s fresh chocolates for many years to come.

This sign made us smile,

So true

So true

and it is so true.   Roberta said I could sit on her car.

What a fun car

What a fun car

This is a great car for a great product.   Of course we did not go to Roberta’s just to tell you about it.  We brought some wonderful chocolate home.  One box is a gift and one is for us.

Home sweet home is sweeter now

Home sweet home is sweeter now

For more information, visit www.RobertasChocolates.com   or even better, visit Roberta’s Chocolates at 4840 W 29th Avenue, Denver, Colorado.  You will be so happy.

Riverside Park in Fort Morgan, Colorado

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck stopped in Fort Morgan, Colorado.

Fort Morgan in eastern Colorado

Fort Morgan in eastern Colorado

We discovered Riverside Park.   Trees, a lake with a fountain and many geese and ducks, lots of green grass, a playground and picnic tables.   All this peacefulness is just a block from I-76.

Lake with fountains

Lake with fountains

When driving on I-76 stop here, relax, have a picnic, enjoy this park.

These ducks came out of the lake to meet us.

Ducks meeting ducks

Ducks meeting ducks

When they realize we were not lunch, they became our friends.   We like the picnic tables by the lake, but if you want shade or shelter from rain,

Eat in the shade on a hot summer day

Eat in the shade on a hot summer day

this pavilion is perfect.

Little humans have so many choices for climbing and playing here.

Great playground equipment for small humans

Great playground equipment for small humans–and 2 ducks.

We tried the slide. It is fun!

This is fun!

This is fun!

There is a swimming pool, closed for the season, and a basketball court.

Many slides for this swimming pool

Many slides for this swimming pool

We really like this park. So do our distant relatives.

So many birds to watch

So many birds to watch

We hope you enjoy Riverside Park, either as a destination, or driving through on I-76. Stop for a break here.

Little Man Ice Cream

Humans love ice cream and so do ducks.   I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck went back to the Highlands neighborhood of Denver and we ate ice cream.  We stopped at the 27-foot, 7 ton, cream can.

Little Man Ice Crream

Little Man Ice Crream

This is Little Man Ice Cream place. The ice cream is very smooth and tasty. The humans were all smiling as they ate.   They have some unusual flavors.

Ice cream flavors

Ice cream flavors

We sampled and then purchased Salted Maple Pecan.   Remembering the creamy texture and great flavor makes me want to go back now.

Little Man Ice Cream opened in 2008.

Story behind Little Man Ice Cream

Story behind Little Man Ice Cream

This sign tells a little about them.   During certain times, this mobile unit is helping more people enjoy ice cream.

Ice cream on the go

Ice cream on the go

Little Man Ice Cream serves many people.   Plenty of seating is available.

Cozy seating

Cozy seating

Since it is now October, the seating areas are decorated with bales of hay or straw and many, many pumpkins. It is so festive! We loved it at Little Man Ice Cream.   The seating area away from the street featured this great mural.

Ice cream and a great mural

Ice cream and a great mural

Human kids even have a slide to play on after eating ice cream.

Slide and ice cream for young humans

Slide and ice cream for young humans

There is a lot of seating, but it is separated so each area is cozy and friendly. This place is great.

The Scoop for Scoop Program means for every scoop of ice cream sold here, Little Man Ice Cream donates a 3-ounce scoop of rice/beans to developing countries around the world. As Little Man Ice Cream says, “Making a Difference Has Never Tasted So Good.”

Little Man Ice Cream is a great place.

Visit Little Man Ice Cream this autumn

Visit Little Man Ice Cream this autumn

When you are in the Highland neighborhood of Denver, be sure to visit. For more information visit www.littlemanicecream.com