Eider Duck Heads to Homer, Alaska

Eider and his humans left North Pole, Alaska, near Fairbanks and are driving south.   As they approach Denali Park and Mount McKinley, Eider wants you to see these mountains.

From Fairbanks heading toward Anchorage. The Brooks Range

From Fairbanks heading toward Anchorage. The Brooks Range

He stops at the Alaska Veterans Memorial in Denali State Park.

Alaska Veterans Memorial

Alaska Veterans Memorial

The state park is near Denali National Park.   This memorial honors those Alaskans that served in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, Alaska National Guard and Merchant Marines.

This memorial honors all Alaskan veterans

This memorial honors all Alaskan veterans

This memorial recognizes the Alaskan Medal of Honor recipients also.      Two military plane crashes are recognized, with a propeller from one lost plane included in the memorial.

Propeller of lost military plane in the 1950s

Propeller from lost military plane in the 1950s

The location of Alaska results in Alaska being very important to the protection and defense of the United States.   The Colorado Traveling Ducks are very proud of the US military in Alaska, and all over the world.   South of Anchorage, we love the views of Cook Inlet.

Beautiful Cook Inlet

Beautiful Cook Inlet

Continuing south, Eider is never very far from the water, and the mountains.

Beautiful Alaskan scenery

Beautiful Alaskan scenery

Isn’t this a pretty drive?

So pretty

So pretty

Did you ever wonder how they got the boats out of the water when there is no pier or dock?   First the trailer goes in the water.

Truck backs boat trailer into water

Truck backs boat trailer into water

The boat comes in toward the shore.

Boat approaches and drives onto trailer

Boat approaches and drives onto trailer

The boat drives onto the trailer.

Truck pulls trailer with boat out of water and they go home.

Truck pulls trailer with boat out of water and they go home.

And the truck pulls the trailer with boat out of the water and they drive down the road to home.   Eider and humans enter Homer.

Eider arrives in Alaska with his humans. Cindy is holding him.

Eider arrives in Alaska with his humans.   Cindy is holding him.

Homer, Alaska is a very popular fishing area.   Sometimes Eider fishes for halibut and sometimes for salmon. He is on the boat heading out.   The windshield of the boat is tinted for better vision when heading into the sun.

Through tinted windshield

Through tinted windshield

Eider travels out to sea.

Eider and humans go out to sea, followed by another fishing boat.

Eider and humans go out to sea, followed by another fishing boat.

Here the humans are fishing from the back of the boat.   The boat is fairly stationary now, but there is still movement from the waves on the water.

Humans fish and Eider supervises

Humans fish and Eider supervises

When going fishing here, humans should take some medicine to prevent seasickness.  Eider the Duck does not suffer from seasickness.    This was a successful fishing trip.   The humans caught halibut.   The fish is taken to the dock where Eider’s humans pay to have it cleaned, cut, packaged and flash frozen.   Then it is flown directly to Eider’s house, ready for a great dinner of fresh halibut.   It is so good!

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Happy Birthday from the Colorado Traveling Ducks

Is today your birthday?   I bet lots of people have a birthday today.   We will mention three birthdays from the past week.   If your birthday is soon, or recently passed, Happy Birthday to You.

On April 20, Mr. Peanut celebrated his 100th birthday in Manhattan’s Times Square in New York City.   The talking peanut blew out 100 candles on his birthday cake.   Mr. Peanut was born when 14 year old Antonio Gentile submitted his sketch to win Planters contest for a brand icon.   A commercial artist later added the top hat, monocle and a cane.   Antonio Gentile was from Suffolk, Virginia.

Happy 100th Birthday Mr. Peanut

Happy 100th Birthday Mr. Peanut

On April 21, Queen Elizabeth of England celebrated her 90th birthday.   She is now the longest reigning monarch.

Happy 90th Birthday Queen Elizabeth

Happy 90th Birthday Queen Elizabeth

On April 23, William Shakespeare celebrated his 452nd birthday.   Now that is old!   He was born April 23, 1564.

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare. You look great for 452 years old

Happy Birthday William Shakespeare. You look great for 452 years old

I, Zeb the Duck, want to wish my mom a Happy Birthday today.   We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, and humans, wish you all a very Happy Birthday whenever your special day occurs.

 

Chicken, Alaska with Eider Duck

Chicken, Alaska?   Is this really a town?   Eider, are you sure?   Yes.   Chicken, Alaska is a very small town not too far from Fairbanks, Alaska.

Welcome to Chicken, Alaska

Welcome to Chicken, Alaska

Approaching the town, Eider stopped to read this information about moose.

Approaching Chicken, Alaska. Information on caribou

Approaching Chicken, Alaska.   Information on moose

Often Eider has moose in his yard in North Pole near Fairbanks, Alaska.   The area was settled by gold miners in the late 1800s.

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

In 1902 the local post office was established and the community needed a name.

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

There were many ptarmigan in the area.   Ptarmigan are small birds, smaller than a chicken.   Some wanted to name the town ptarmigan, but the unusual spelling of the word, convinced the miners to name the town Chicken instead.   With a name like Chicken, tourists arrive here, so the town gives them something to see.

Egg in Chicken, Alaska

Egg in Chicken, Alaska

Some old buildings are still standing in Chicken.   Some of the buildings and Dredge No 4, Pedro Dredge, are listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

There are still active gold mines in the area.   Chicken had a music festival.    This is the stage for many of the musical groups.

Stage for Music Festival in Chicken, Alaska

Stage for Music Festival in Chicken, Alaska

Tourists have fun in Chicken, Alaska.

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

Chicken, Alaska

That chicken is reading signs to different places.

Eider Duck is my cousin and friend.   When Eider was leaving Chicken, he stopped at this phone booth to call me.

Eider tried to call me, Zeb the Duck.

Eider tried to call me, Zeb the Duck.

This is a working telephone, but I, Zeb the Duck, was not home when Eider called.   Maybe Eider will try to call again.     The road and river in and out of Chicken is really pretty.  

From Alaska's Taylor Highway

From Alaska’s Taylor Highway

Eider says they have forest fires in Alaska, like every place else.   This is the new growth from a fire about 5 years ago.

Growing back from fire 5 years ago

Growing back from fire 5 years ago.   Eider says the animals like to eat this new vegetation.

This is really a great town Eider.   Thanks for sending us all these pictures.

 

Eider Duck’s Winter Activities

Eider Duck, our cousin, lives near Fairbanks, in the town of North Pole, Alaska.   During the winter there is an international ice sculpting contest in Fairbanks.   These are a couple ice sculptures from previous years.

Ice carving

Ice carving

That fish is probably my favorite.   This one is also great, especially with the colored lights.

Ice carving

Ice carving

In Colorado we ride snowmobiles.   In Alaska, Eider calls them snow machines.  They are similar to motorcycles for snow.

Eider heading down the snowy road.

Eider heading down the snowy road.

He and his dad ride snow machines.

Eider on snow machine

Eider on snow machine

Eider says it is a lot of fun.

Snow machine. Is Eider driving?

Snow machine.   Try to block some of the cold wind, Eider

Sometimes it is too cold to ride the snow machines.   But Eider is a tough duck and he likes his winter life in Alaska.

More Photos from Cuba

Zeb the Duck here.   My friend, Channel the Bear, was in Cuba again.   She and her mom go often.   Her mom is a travel guide to Cuba for Friendly Planet.    Channel is sitting on a canon at the Hotel Nacional in Havana.

Channel on a canon at Havana, Cuba's Hotel Nacional.

Channel on a canon at Havana, Cuba’s Hotel Nacional.

When I was there, this was my favorite hotel in Havana.   In the 1950’s, before Fidel Castro took power, this was the hotel for the rich and famous Americans.   They still have great old photographs there.    This is a restaurant in Havana, and that large building behind is the Hotel Nacional.

California Café in Havana, Cuba with Hotel Nacional in background.

California Café in Havana, Cuba with Hotel Nacional in background.

The California Café name says the Americans have not been forgotten.   This last photo is the famous Varadero Beach.

Varadero Beach, Cuba

Varadero Beach, Cuba.   Beautiful Caribbean Sea.

This is great Channel.   When we were in Cuba, we were not allowed here.   It is beautiful.   We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, hope you will go to Cuba soon to see what it is like now.   Cuba may be opening up to American tourism.   We understand that Carnival Cruise line has a subsidiary company that will begin cruises to Cuba twice a month.   The cruises may begin early May.   Go soon, before it changes.   We loved the friendly Cuban people and we think you will too.   Thank you Channel for these great photos.

Signs of Spring–Soon to be Gone

I, Zeb the Duck, love spring, with the tulips and trees in bloom.   Yesterday mom and I drove around our neighborhood to see the flowers, maybe for the last time this spring.   The weather forecast is for a big spring snow lasting two or three days.   If the forecast is correct, we could receive a foot of very wet, heavy snow.   The wet snow could knock the blossoms off the trees and break the stems of tulips and daffodils.   We thought this tree was very pretty.

Pretty blossoms

Pretty blossoms

It is a rather large tree and flowering branches cover the entire corner of the yard.   I liked the different shades of pink on this tree.

Shades of pink

Shades of pink

It was a smaller tree, but so pretty.   White blossoms cover this rather large tree.

So many white flowers

So many white flowers

There are three of these trees along the street.   With the breeze these blossoms were swaying in the tree.

delicate individual petals

delicate individual petals

Very pretty to see.   Tulips are one of my favorite flowers.

Tulips of many colors

Tulips of many colors

The variety of colors here really caught my eye.   Tulips usually survive storms, but this much wet snow could break the stems.   During our last storm in March, several tree limbs broke also, knocking down power lines.   Yellow, of course, is my favorite color–duck yellow I call it.   Naturally I asked mom to take a picture of these yellow tulips.

Duck yellow tulips

Duck yellow tulips

You notice that I am not in any of these photographs.   Mom doesn’t go into people’s yards and neither do I.   But know that I, Zeb the Duck, was there and telling mom what pictures to take.   After all, this blog is The Colorado Traveling Ducks, not humans.   And, maybe we will not receive as much snow as predicted.   Maybe we will still have the tulips and blooming trees next week.