Zeb the Ducks visits the Colorado Railroad Museum

I, Zeb the Duck, went with mom and a friend to Golden, Colorado.   We went to the Colorado Railroad Museum.

Welcome to the Railroad Museum

Welcome to the Railroad Museum

This is a great museum.   There are lots of things to see and do inside and so many trains outside.   I like train engines.

Zeb is on a train engine!

Zeb is on a train engine!

This is a big engine.   Now let’s go to the kitchen.

Riding trains makes me hungry.

Riding trains makes me hungry.

An special car is needed to prepare the food.   Nice stove,

Can cook lots of food

Can cook lots of food

but don’t turn it on now!    Where should I sleep?   Here is the bunk car.

It would be fun to sleep on a moving train

It would be fun to sleep on a moving train

I like it!    Number 191 is the oldest preserved steam locomotive in Colorado.

191.   Large steam locomotive

191. Large steam locomotive

Trains really are a lot bigger than ducks.   What is this?

Truck or train?   With a goose?

Truck or train? With a goose?

One of the Galloping Goose trains from the Rio Grande Southern.   A little like a truck and a little like a train.   Very nice.  Here is a park on the museum grounds.

Very nice park

Very nice park

It even has a miniature train.   Moving along to see more train cars, here is the car for the US. Mail.

The mail must go through

The mail must go through

Mail was sorted as the train moved across the country.

Sorting mail quickly

Sorting mail quickly

It needed to be ready to deliver at the next town.   Remember that Colorado has mountains and mountains have snow.

Must keep the train tracks clear of snow drifts

Must keep the train tracks clear of snow drifts

This is a snow fighter.   This rotary plow is similar to a giant snowblower.   You can learn more about this museum at http://www.ColoradoRailroadMuseum.org    You will enjoy a visit to this museum.   I really liked it.

So many trains here.   I love it

So many trains here. I love it

Happy Memorial Day 2015

Today is Memorial Day.   Memorial Day weekend is the traditional beginning of summer.   However, Denver and other areas of the United States are not experiencing summer weather.

Memorial Day is a day to honor American soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.  It is a long tradition to wear red poppies to honor those who died in war.   We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks and our humans, honor and respect all who served and those now  serving o protect our freedom and our way of life.

Enjoy this holiday and pause to remember those we honor.

Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck Admire Oceanic Art at the Denver Art Museum

Today we visited the third level of the Hamilton Building to view Oceanic Art.

Let's go inside

Let’s go inside

We have been visiting the Art Museum frequently this spring.   May in Denver this year has been very rainy, cloudy and cool.   Many days in the 40 and 50 degree range.   Flooding is a concern again.   Even though we are ducks, we Colorado Ducks have become accustomed to warm, sunny days.   The Oceanic Art focused on the Art of Bark Cloth.    These belts from Papua New Guinea are gorgeous.

Look at these belts!

Look at these belts!

We ducks like them.   Each belt is made of a single, springy coil of bark.   The outer surface is engraved with elaborate geometric and figurative designs and further enhanced by rubbing with white or colored pigments.   Young men wore these belts during ceremonies to indicate their status.    The loincloth is great.   A lot of work was done to create this.

Loincloth from Papua, New Guinea

Loincloth from Papua, New Guinea

This loincloth , from Papua New Guinea, was made around 1930 and is made of bark and paint.    Look at this skirt.

A skirt

A skirt

It is also from Papua New Guinea and is made from bark, shell, feather and seed.   Probably worn around 1900.   Bark Cloth is really made from tree bark.   Women pound the thin strips of bark with these beaters.

Beaters used to turn bark to cloth

Beaters used to turn bark to cloth

Women used beaters like these four, to pound and flatten narrow strips of bark into large and flatten pieces.   Many of the beaters have patterns engraved on the them.  During the beating process, the beaters leave designs on the bark cloth.   Bark Cloth is so much a part of life  that a postage stamp was issued to honor Bark Cloth.

Celebrate tapa or bark cloth

Celebrate tapa or bark cloth

WOW!!    The stamp depicts Jacques Combet’s Making Tapa Cloth.   This postage stamp is from the French territory Wallis and Futuna.  This is the first full body mask that we ducks have seen.   It is from the Asmat region, Papua New Guinea.   This is a Jipae Mask from the mid 1980s.

Full body mask

Full body mask

The mask is made of bark, wood, paint, shell and feather.  Among the Asmat, deceased male ancestors are respected, but also feared.   Their uncontrolled spirits can cause harm to the community.   Out of view of the women, skilled male artists create full body masks by intertwining narrow fibers made from the inner bark of the paper mulberry tree.   Each mask is named for an ancestor.  As they are worn and danced throughout the village, everyone has the opportunity to interact with them one last time.     Look at these pieces of cloth.

Bark cloth ready to use

Bark cloth ready to use

Hard to remember that they started as tree bark.    Masks like this sure are big.

Huge eyes on dance mask

Huge eyes on dance mask

This is a dance mask, from New Britain, Papua New Guinea.   Made of bark, cane and paint, it was worn in the early 1900s.  The artists stretch bark cloth over bamboo foundations in the shape of fantastical animals with large open mouths and protruding tongues.   They paint oversized eyes on the front and bold geometric motifs on the back using bright red, back and white pigments.   These masks serve multiple purposes as they are used in ceremonies to honor the dead and to celebrate.   We were fascinated by the picture of people wearing these masks in New Guinea

Celebrating a plentiful harvest

Celebrating a plentiful harvest

to celebrate a bountiful harvest.      When you visit the Denver Art Museum, we hope you look at the Oceanic Art display.   They have videos of people making bark cloth.   We think you will find it fascinating also.   For more information visit  www.DenverArtMuseum.org   See you there!

Zeb Meets Linda at the Denver Art Museum

I, Zeb the Duck, am going to the Denver Art Museum today.   This is a great museum.   The building is rather unusual also.

Let's go to the Denver Art Museum

Let’s go to the Denver Art Museum

The main entrance is in the Hamilton Building.   Mom says I will meet Linda.   This is a temporary exhibit of John DeAndrea’s three sculptures.

Let's see Linda

Let’s see Linda

One of the Art Museum employees is holding me.   Mom is not allowed to put me on anything near these sculptures.

Here we are!

Here we are!

This was a very nice man.   Linda looks so real.   How did John DeAndrea do this?

How Linda was created

How Linda was created

Well, this sign explains the process.   Very involved, I think.

Is Linda just sleeping?

Is Linda just sleeping?

Doesn’t Linda look like she will wake up and talk to us any minute?

The second sculpture is a nude with a black drape.

So life like

So life like

She also looks alive.   This exhibit is amazing.   How does he do it?

Cast in bronze?

Cast in bronze?

I really like this lady.

She looks alive

She looks alive

The last sculpture is a little different.

Two people here

Two people here

There are two people here.  Again, they look so alive and I feel they may talk to me today.

You have to see these

You have to see these

We hope you will visit the Denver Art Museum and see this exhibit.   These sculptures will be on display until June 21, 2015.    The last time they were displayed was 2009, so don’t wait too long.   Visit http://www.denverartmuseum.org   for more information.

Zeb the Duck and Soapy Smith Duck see Buffalo Near Downtown Denver

Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge,

We like this wildlife refuge

We like this wildlife refuge

a 15,988 acre National Refuge, is about 8 mile northeast of downtown Denver, Colorado.   While we were there, we saw this huge buffalo.  He was on the side of the road, about 8 feet from our car.

Big and close to us

Big and close to us

He came there to drink from a puddle.  As we watched  him, he crossed in front of us and rolled in the dirt in another field.

Rolling in dirt

Rolling in dirt

There are may buffalo in the refuge.   We took this photo on a previous visit.

Part of the buffalo herd

Part of the buffalo herd

The deer are also plentiful.   This small one watches us watch her.

She is so delicate and graceful

She is so delicate and graceful

Part of the refuge has wetlands.   We previously photographed these birds swimming.

Many migrating birds stop here

Many migrating birds stop here

We like the water and the trees.

Interesting sky that morning

Interesting sky that morning

Of course, no refuge would be complete without several prairie dogs.

There are so many prairie dogs here!

There are so many prairie dogs here!

They really are cute.   The Visitor Center is very helpful.

Come inside

Come inside

We liked this buffalo.

Ducks can touch this buffalo

Ducks can touch this buffalo

The Track It sign is very informative.

Always something to learn

Always something to learn

The Rocky mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge is great.   Visit http://www.fws.gov/refuges  to see a map of the United States.   Click on your state to locate wildlife refuges near you.   We like spending time here and we think you would like it also.

American Pharaoh Wins Again

Yesterday, Saturday May 16, American Pharaoh, ridden by Victor Espinoza, won the Preakness Stakes.   Two weeks ago they won the Kentucky Derby.   Will American Pharaoh and Victor Espinoza win the Belmont Park Race on June 6?   If so, American Pharaoh will be the first Triple Crown winner since 1978.    The Colorado Traveling Ducks wish American Pharaoh and Victor Espinoza the best of luck.   Who do you think will win at Belmont?

African Art at the Denver Art Museum with Zeb and Soapy

We went to the Denver Art Museum.   Our Art Museum has so much stuff.   We have a membership here, so we can go for just a short time and then do other things mom needs to do.   We, Zeb the Duck and Soapy Smith Duck, want to show you some of what we saw in the African Art exhibit.

Welcome to the African Art Exhibit

Welcome to the African Art Exhibit

This exhibit is on the 4th floor of the Denver Art Museum’s Hamilton Building.

This mask of wood, paint and metal is from the Nafana Culture of the Ivory Coast and Ghana.

From the  Ivory Coast and Ghana in Africa

From the Ivory Coast and Ghana’s Nafana culture

Once a year dancers wear these giant masks, representing Bedu, an animal spirit that lives in the wilderness. They perform acrobatic dances, model ideal conduct and chide villagers who have misbehaved during the year. These masks feature large round faces and geometric patterns.   This harp is from Ethiopia; the drum is from the Senufo culture of the Ivory Coast.

A harp, a drum and a pot

A harp, a drum and a pot

The ceramic pot represents the Mandingo culture of Mali.   The intricate wooden door panels

Beautifully carved door panels

Beautifully carved door panels

are from the Yoruba culture of Nigeria.    This mask

What a great mask

What a great mask

represents the Farig culture of Gabon.   This Housepost was carved by Olowe, the most important artist for the royal court in the late 1920s.

A housepost

A housepost

The housepost comes from the Yoruba culture in Nigeria.   Olowe’s energetic forms create the illusion of movement.  This housepost, a warrior on horseback, supported by several women, highlights the complementary relationship between ordinary people and those in power.   Here is a Spiritual Messenger,

A spiritual messenger

A spiritual messenger

created by Francis Nnaggenda, a native of Uganda.  We think the African Art exhibit is great!  And there is more to see.

These figures

Carved figures

Carved figures

are from Yoruba culture of Nigeria.   The Democratic Republic of the Congo

Look at this mask

Look at this mask

is represented by this mask.   The wood and bone pipe is also from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Pipe from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Pipe from the Democratic Republic of the Congo

There is much to see at the Art Museum’s African Art display, but we will end with Moyo Ogundipe’s Life’s Fragile Fictions, representative of Nigeria’s Yoruba culture.

Vivid colors!

Vivid colors!

We hope you visit the Denver Art Museum or an art museum near you soon.

Furry Scurry in Denver with Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck

Every May, the Dumb Friends League sponsors a 2-mile walk for humans and dogs.   This is the biggest fundraiser for the Dumb Friends League.   This year there were over 12,000 humans, over 5,000 dogs and two Colorado Traveling Ducks.   Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. and the walk begins at 9:00 a.m.

Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.

Registration begins at 7:00 a.m.

As you can see, there are a lot of humans and dogs here.

What a great turn out for the Furry Scurry

What a great turn out for the Furry Scurry

The walk is held at Denver’s Washington Park.   The paths go around the lake.   The finish line is a welcome sight for dogs and humans.

After 2 miles we have finished

After 2 miles we have finished

We thought these white dogs were beautiful.

Mom really likes white dogs.

Mom really likes white dogs.

This vehicle reminds us that we are raising money for the Dumb Friends League.

Dumb Friends League sponsors this event

Dumb Friends League sponsors this event

Sheltering homeless pets is a great cause.   After the finish line, there were many booths.   A portion of all profits goes to the Dumb Friends League.   This is the first time we saw this Mobile Dog Wash.

The Pooch Mobile

The Pooch Mobile

Isn’t this great?

Even a toy dog inside

Even a toy dog inside

What a great idea.   Often humans complain about pet hair.   Here is the solution.

Be Forever Furless

Be Forever Furless

All humans should know CPR for humans and now they can learn first aid and CPR for dogs.

Sometimes dogs need help

Sometimes dogs need help

You can see this was a nice morning and so many walkers stayed to shop, eat and enjoy the day.

Lots of shoppers and lookers

Lots of shoppers and lookers

Dogs need clothes, too.   The baseball cap can shade the eyes, or the bill can be flipped up.

This dog is a Bronco fan!

This dog is a Bronco fan!

The dog scarf is a fashion statement.   Large areas of Washington Park were designated play areas for dogs.   This obstacle course was fun to see.   This dog is not sure about going through the tunnel.

Why would I want to go inside that tunnel???

Why would I want to go inside that tunnel???

Another dog had no problem going up and down the ramp.

Up the ramp and then back down.   OK

Up the ramp and then back down.  OK

This dog is catching a Frisbee.

Catching a Frisbee is fun

Catching a Frisbee is fun

It was a full and busy day for the dogs.   These two seem happy and slightly exhausted.

A festival for dogs!!  Very tiring

A festival for dogs!!   Very tiring

We hope you visit a furry scurry, or similar event near you.   We want to go again next year.

Zeb the Duck and Soapy Smith Duck Go to Deckers, Colorado

After Sedalia, we drove to Deckers, Colorado.   This is a scenic drive and we love it.

Beautiful Colorado

Beautiful Colorado

There are not many homes here, but the mountains, trees and river are so peaceful and beautiful.   This area is home to the Upper South Platt Forest Restoration Program.

Upper South Platte Forest Restoration Project

Upper South Platte Forest Restoration Project

Aren’t the trees pretty?

Love the pine trees

Love the pine trees

This is a great area for fishing.

An afternoon fishing

An afternoon fishing

These men seem to be having a good time in the river.   The area southwest of Denver has many old trees.

Old Trees

Old Trees

This is the story of the Old Trees.   **Like many stories, all was not happy.

Showing fire scars

Showing fire scars

This shows a 300-year-old pine tree with fire scars.     We love our Colorado mountains and rivers with the bright blue Colorado sky.

Beautiful river and mountains

Beautiful river and mountains

But all humans have a responsibility to be careful and keep our state beautiful.   A minute of carelessness can result in scenes like this.

Terrible devastation

Terrible devastation

Even years later, with new growth emerging, the devastation caused by fires is very visible.

At least 3 years after fire

At least 3 years after fire

But, on a happier side, this is the Colorado we all love and try to preserve.

Much better

Much better

Let’s keep Colorado and all states looking like this.

Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck Visit Sedalia, Colorado

Sedalia, community of about 200 people, south of Denver, is an old railroad town.   Today many of the old historic buildings are still there.   This museum is very nice.

The museum opened soon

The museum opened soon

It was closed when we arrived, but did open before we left town.   The museum also hosts the Girl Scout project, the Caboose Library.

Red Caboose Library is a great project

Red Caboose Library is a great project

This is a free library.   The sign says to take a book and leave a book.   Next to the museum is a Douglas County Historical Landmark, the Sedalia Fire Station.

Fire Stations are very important in these towns

Fire Stations are very important in these towns

This fire station was completed in 1933.

Isn't this a great sign?

Horses are important in Sedalia

Zeb and Soapy really like this fire alarm.

Turn handle in case of fire

Turn handle in case of fire

Isn’t this great?   We love it!   The red container held fire retardant, used to help put out fires.

To the fire

To the fire

Humans, animals or vehicles could pull this cart.   Any way to get it to the fire.     The Different Drummer antique store is really nice.   The grounds are so neat and we love these tulips.

Different Drummer Antiques

Different Drummer Antiques

This part of the lawn has so much stuff.

So many interesting things here

So many interesting things here

We admired the cow, goose and hay wagon, but our favorite was the man with a red scarf leaning against the post with the bell.

Wandering down the main street, we noticed the Community Market.

Love logs

Love logs

Great bench in front of the building.   Bud’s Bar is a favorite hangout.

Welcome to Bud's

Welcome to Bud’s

Great hamburgers are served in here.   A fine dining establishment, Gabriel’s, has a beautiful patio.

When you want Italian food, try Gabriel's

When you want Italian food, try Gabriel’s

Diners can sit here and enjoy the beautiful mountains, while enjoying wonderful food.   Around the corner, we discovered the General Store.

Love the roof decoration

Love the roof decoration

We love this place.   Sedalia is a friendly, historic town and we enjoyed walking around.   But, mountain sunshine and fresh air, often requires a snack.   Comadres looked inviting, and was recommended by the lady at the museum, so we entered.

Let's go to Comardes!

Let’s go to Comadres!

So many flavors of ice cream.   We wanted to try them all, but we bought black cherry and Hawaiian ice cream.   The black cherry was fabulous!

YUM!!

YUM!!

The Hawaiian ice cream had bits of coconut and bits of macadamia nuts.   We ate at a table outside enjoying the wonderful weather and the great ice cream.   I think Hawaiian ice cream is my new favorite!