Zeb and Eider Duck Drive to Derby, Western Australia

Zeb, Eider, and the humans are driving to Derby.    We will stay over night in Derby and then return to Broome.   This sign is not too important today, but it is very important during the summer or rainy season.

Important sign during The Wet

Important sign during The Wet

They call the rainy season The Wet.    Much of this area will be flooded and closed.   The termites have really been busy here.   Lots of additions, maybe a termite town?

Termite hill. They keep adding to this hill

Termite hill. They keep adding to this hill

Approaching Broome, we stop at the Boab Prison Tree.

Prison Boab Tree

Prison Boab Tree

This tree is believed to be about 1500 years old, and has a girth of 14 meters.   The trunk of the tree has been slit and much of the trunk was hollowed out to place prisoners inside.   Prisoners were put inside the tree while being transported from one area to another.

Tree was slit so prisoners could be inside

Tree was slit so prisoners could be inside

In this same location, we saw the longest cattle trough.

Longest cattle trough

Longest cattle trough

Built in 1917, it is 120 meters long and could handle 500 cattle at a time.   Water to the cattle trough is now pumped by this windmill.

Windmill

Windmill

We really liked these Boab trees.

Fascinating trees. We will not see them in many other parts of Australia

Fascinating trees. We will not see them in many other parts of Australia

They grow only in the Kimberley region of Western Austraia and in the Victoria and Fitzmaurice river basins in the Northern Territory.   Africa and the island of Madagascar also have Boab trees.   The fruit of the tree contains malic, tartaric and ascorbic acids.

Nut of Boab tree

Nut of Boab tree

The seeds have high protein value.   The pulp is eaten dry or mixed with water as a beverage.   The Boab nut is also often carved and decorated to be purchased by tourists.   We will only see these Boab trees for a short time, so we are really looking at them.   We visited the nearby Mowanjum Art and Culture Center.

Here we are. Mowanjum Art and Culture Center

Here we are. Mowanjum Art and Culture Center

This is an example of newer aboriginal rock painting.

Newer aboriginal art

Newer aboriginal art

There is a Boab tree at the Mowanjum Center.

Mowanjum Center has a Boab tree

Mowanjum Center has a Boab tree

Carved and decorated Boab nuts are available for purchase.

Decorated Boab Nuts

Decorated Boab Nuts

We saw and learned at the Mowanjum Center.   You will like it if you visit.   Next time we will show you what we found in Derby.

Zeb and Eider Explore Broome, Western Australia

Broome was built on the pearl industry.    Streeter’s Jetty was an important part of this industry.

Streeter's Jetty

Streeter’s Jetty

Now it is a great pier to walk and admire Roebuck Bay.

We are going to explore Streeter's Jetty

We are going to explore Streeter’s Jetty

At the end of Streeter’s Jetty we see Roebuck Bay.

Out to Roebuck Bay

Out to Roebuck Bay

Wandering through town, we discover this shady area and inviting table.   It is time for a snack.

Beverages??

Beverages??

After a refreshing beverage, we found these statues and memorial to the Hard Hat Divers of the pearl industry.   Statue is great, but dark in this photo.

Hard hat pearl diver

Hard hat pearl diver

Diving for pearls is a difficult and dangerous job.

Honoring and remembering pearl divers

Honoring and remembering pearl divers

Broome is a rather small town, and  popular tourist destination, so traffic can be a problem, especially for the residents.   We thought this sign was rather clever, putting the drivers first.

Vehicles have right of way here

Vehicles have right of way here

A few blocks further, we liked this statue honoring the women who took care of the homes and children while waiting for the pearl divers to return.

Pearl industry honors women

Pearl industry honors women

Again, mom is fascinated by the beautiful birds seen here.

Love the beautiful birds

Love the beautiful birds

Broome, like so many towns in Australia, remembers and honors their veterans.   We liked Bedford Memorial Park.

Bedford Memorial Park

Bedford Memorial Park

This monument honors those lost during the first air raid on Broome during World War II.

Remembering Broome's first air raid of World War II

Remembering Broome’s first air raid of World War II

This raid killed many women and children civilians, mostly refugees from the Dutch East Indies, now Indonesia.   After this air raid, the city of Broome was evacuated.   Continuing along the coast, we stopped at this small museum.

Broome Museum

Broome Historical Museum

Wow!  A time capsule, once opened, had been changed and resealed December, 2000.   It will be reopened November 32, 2033.

Broome Time Capsule

Broome Time Capsule

It will a reminder of how many things have changed during those 33 years.   We would love to be there to see the contents in 2033.   Broome is a very nice town with friendly people.   We ate terrific homemade ice cream.   We even met owners of a souvenir shop that had recently visited Colorado.   We like Broome and would be happy to return here.   You would like it also, we think.

Zeb and Soapy Go to Duluth, Minnesota

We are now in Minnesota.

Hello Minnesota

Hello Minnesota

Soapy Smith Duck and his parents go to Minnesota, but this is the first time for Zeb. Southern Minnesota is like Iowa.   We like this farm where the farmer has put grain in these cars for transport.

Minnesota farm

Minnesota farm

We stopped at the town of Moose Lake, Minnesota.   This rest park is dedicated to Deputy Sheriff, Ervid T. Clemons  He was killed while on duty August 26, 1993.   We like this pier going over the Moose Horn River.

Pier over Moose Horn River

Pier over Moose Horn River

Isn’t this a great totem pole?

We like totem poles

We like totem poles

We like it in this park by the river.   Nearby is the memorial for Moises Albert Langhorst, Private First Class, US Marine Corps.

Memory of Moises Albert Langhorst

Memory of Moises Albert Langhorst

He gave his life April 16, 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq.   We like parks and memorials to remember and honor those who gave their lives to preserve our way of life.   We are now in Duluth, Minnesota.   Duluth is a major seaport on Lake Superior.   You will remember that the five Great Lakes between the United States and Canada are all connected, and further connected by the St. Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean. That is why a city so far from the ocean can be a major seaport.   We drove on the Scenic Skyline Parkway overlooking Lake Superior.

From Scenic Skyline Parkway

From Scenic Skyline Parkway

The bridge we see connects Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin.   Later we drove across that bridge.   The Scenic Skyline Parkway did provide great views of Lake Superior and the hills of Duluth.   No we are back in Duluth at the waterfront.   This is the Historic Canal Park and a major tourist area.   Humans can follow the sidewalk and walk to this lighthouse.

Duluth lighthouse

Duluth lighthouse

Humans can also rent these bicycle carts.   Many have three benches so 6 people can help pedal around Canal Park.

Six can pedal

Pedal around Canal Park

Much of this park was built and is maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers.   We liked the tug boat from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

US Army Corps of Engineers

US Army Corps of Engineers

Of course humans, and ducks, always appreciate a good snack wagon

Love snacks!

Love snacks!

This is a special type of bridge.   This is the Aerial Lift Bridge.  Now the bottom layer is lifted to allow a boat to pass under the bridge.

Bridge raised for boat

Bridge raised for boat

When the boat has passed, the bottom layer is lowered for cars and pedestrians to cross the bridge.

Bridge lowered for vehicles and pedestrians

Bridge lowered for vehicles and pedestrians

This bridge, completed in 1905, is the oldest structural landmark in the city.   Improvements were done in 1929.   The bridge has a clearance of 180 feet, a span length of 386 feet and weighs 900 tons.   We liked this bridge, but those boats sure do have loud horn blasts when they have passed.   We are going to Wisconsin soon, but in a few days we will return to see more of northern Minnesota.   It is really nice here.   We like it and know you would like it also.

Boys Town in Omaha with Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck

Near Omaha, Nebraska we entered Boy’s Town.

Welcome to Boy's Town

Welcome to Boy’s Town

Of course, our first stop was the Visitor’s Center.

Visitor's Center for information

Visitor’s Center for information

After talking with the helpful lady at the desk and doing our souvenir shopping, we wandered to the back of the store.   Wow!   This is the largest ball of stamps in the world.

World's largest ball of stamps!

World’s largest ball of stamps!

This is a solid ball of postage stamps, built one stamp at a time.   Most of this ball of stamps was completed years ago when collecting postage stamps was a more popular hobby.   Many of the boys and girls at Boy’s Town were stamp collectors.   They have a penny slot and a box of postage stamps.   Humans can look through the box of stamps and purchase whichever they want.   And each stamp costs one penny.   Put your penny in the slot and take a stamp.   This ball of stamps has a diameter of 32 inches and weighs 600 pounds.   There are 4,655,000 postage stamps that make up this solid ball of stamps.  Now we see the Hall of History.

Museum inside

Museum inside

The Boy’s Town Museum is in this building.   The statue of two brothers is a famous Boy’s Town Landmark.

Brothers statue

Brothers statue

The slogan, He’s not heavy, he’s my brother encourages caring for each other.  Nearby is the Garden of the Bible.

Restful garden

Restful garden

This is  very restful place.

Looks so peaceful

Looks so peaceful

Boy’s Town teaches Christianity and the Ten Commandments and The Beatitudes are carved in stone and displayed here.   The Dowd Memorial Chapel is a special place at Boy’s Town.

Dowd Memorial Chapel

Dowd Memorial Chapel

The inside of the Chapel is beautiful.

Inside Dowd Memorial Chapel

Inside Dowd Memorial Chapel

The special part, the round part to the left, holds the tomb of Rev Monsignor Edward J. Flanagan.

Tomb of Father Flanagan

Tomb of Father Flanagan

Father Flanagan was the founder of Boy’s Town.   His mission, simply stated, was to care for the boys and girls that needed to be cared for.   The children who were abandoned, unable to care for themselves, or just needed someone to care.   The monument, with the US flag honors those from Boy’s Town that gave their lives serving the United States.

Monument to Boys Town Military Heroes

Monument to Boys Town Military Heroes

Boy’s Town is a wonderful place and after visiting here, we know mom will be sending bigger checks to help them even more.   We hope you can visit here and see the amazing things that happen at Boy’s Town.

Denver’s Zombie Crawl with Zeb and Soapy

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck went to Denver’s 10 Annual Zombie Crawl.   Yesterday on 16th Street Mall, we saw thousands of human zombies.

So many zombies and humans

So many zombies and humans

We saw Zombies fighting in the street.   This guy looks fierce.

Zombie street fighter

Zombie street fighter

Check the teeth on this zombie.

Zombie teeth

Zombie teeth

Anybody know a good zombie dentist?   This can’t be.

Can it really be??

Can it really be??

Mr Trump. . .   Look at two sets of Ken and Barbie Zombies.

Ken and Barbie are zombies?

Ken and Barbie are zombies?

Why not?   So many Ken and Barbies already.   There was music and some were dancing.

Music and dancing

Music and dancing

What are these pretty girls doing?

Lady zombies

Lady zombies

So much blood.   Are zombies taking over?   Humans are in jail.

In jail

In jail

Guess you should Beware of Zombies.

Beware of Zombies

Beware of Zombies

A really tall zombie here.

Really tall zombie

Really tall zombie

Is this a happy zombie bride and groom?

Newly wed zombies

Newly wed zombies

At least this one is not scary.

Friendly, for a change

Friendly, for a change.   We hope!

Unlike other festivals, the Zombie Crawl does not have food booths.   Denver’s 16 Street Mall is a great place with many wonderful restaurants.

Great restaurants here

Great restaurants here

Isn’t this a great pedestrian mall?

Wonderful pedestrian mall

Wonderful pedestrian mall

We like 16th Street, but we never saw it with so many zombies.   We hope you have some fun experiences like this for Halloween.   We liked the Zombie Crawl.

Zeb and Eider at Cable Beach Australia for Sunset

Zeb, Eider and the humans arrived in Broome, Western Australia.   After getting a place to sleep, we headed to Cable Beach.

We are at Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia

We are at Cable Beach in Broome, Western Australia

Broome is on the Indian Ocean and well known for beautiful sunsets.   We did not want to miss it.   Cable Beach is a very wide beach.

Wide beach and you can drive here

Wide beach and you can drive here

Cable Beach pleases swimmers, sunbathers, and even sailboats.

Sailboat with people on beach

Sailboat and people on beach.

Zander’s is the main restaurant on the beach.

Zander's on Cable Beach

Zander’s on Cable Beach

As you can see, this is a popular gathering place to watch the sunset.

This is the place to be for sunsets in Broome

This is the place to be for sunsets in Broome

At Zander’s you can eat in the main restaurant and watch the sunset.   Of course, you will pay for this option.   We sat in the restaurant, since we wanted the full experience.   Hamburgers cost about $20 US, but the location was well worth it to us.

Zander's restaurant. Eat inside or get take away

Zander’s restaurant. Eat inside or get take away

The part on the far right, is for ordering take away food from Zander’s, at a lower price.   You can eat your food while sitting on a few benches outside.    Everyone is ready to watch the sunset.

Anticipating the sunset

Anticipating the sunset

The sun is now setting.

Sun beginning to set in Indian Ocean

Sun beginning to set in Indian Ocean

From the time the setting sun touches the water until it is completely gone is only 90 seconds.

Almost gone

Almost gone

Now, even with the sun gone, this is still a beautiful place and the weather was perfect, so many people still linger here.     It is difficult to leave.

Still warm and beautiful

Still warm and beautiful

We are so happy that we ate at Zander’s and we able to see the famous and beautiful Cable Beach sunset.   We hope you will visit here soon.   It is wonderful.

Zeb and Eider Duck Enjoy Western Australia’s Eighty Mile Beach

Zeb and Eider Duck and the humans arrived at Eighty Mile Beach.

Welcome

Welcome

We stayed in a cabin at Eighty Mile Beach Caravan Park.

Our home for a couple days

Our home for a couple days

In the U.S. we do not believe the RV parks have self-contained cabins for rent.   But in Australia, many of these parks have places for your tent, your camper, cabins with shared facilities and self-contained cabins.   They are great.   As we approached the park, we admired these Australian greeters.

Hello

Hello

Isn’t she adorable?   We love these wallabies.   You may remember that a wallaby looks like a smaller kangaroo.   Our park has this Memorial for Vietnam Veterans.

Vietnam Memorial

Vietnam Memorial

It was officially opened August 18, 2010.   We like memorials that honor those that fought for freedom.   Eighty Mile Beach is the longest uninterrupted beach in Western Australia.   The beach comprises 220 kilometers of coastline between Cape Missiessy and Cape Keraudren.   Let’s see the beach.

Our beach is wide and long

Our beach is wide and long

We enjoy the soft sand and the really wide beach.   Many migratory birds come here in the spring to feed.   Also between June and October humpback whales pass near this beach heading north.   This is the Indian Ocean, but the sea is rather gentle.   Humans can drive on this beach.

Driving on the beach

Driving on the beach

Fishing from the shore is popular with many humans.

Fishing on Eighty Mile Beach

Fishing on Eighty Mile Beach

There are many kinds of shells on this beach.  We ducks like beaches, sand, water and shells.   This is the path to leave the beach and return to our cabin.

Heading back to our cabin

Heading back to our cabin

One time when we left the camp, some of the residents did not want us to leave.

Please don't leave

Please don’t leave

We waited patiently for them and soon they moved for us.   This road sign certainly made us look twice.

What?? Turtle crossing?

What?? Turtle crossing?

Someone altered a speed bump sign.   Flatback turtles do come ashore between October and April to lay eggs, but by the ocean.   Not on the road.   We are enjoying the view from our front porch.   This proud, colorful bird really got the attention of our humans.   Of course, being a fellow bird, we liked him also.

Our feathered friend

Our bright eyed feathered friend

As you can guess, the sunsets here at Eighty Mile Beach on the Indian Ocean, are beautiful.

Beautiful Indian Ocean sunset with a lone fisherman

Beautiful Indian Ocean sunset with a lone fisherman

A great finale to our time at Eighty Mile Beach.

Just beautiful

Just beautiful