Channel the Bear is in Alaska’s Glacier Bay

Today my friend, Channel the Bear, is sharing pictures from her Alaska cruise.   She is lounging on a large cruise ship in Glacier Bay.

Channel relaxing on her cruise ship

Channel relaxing on her cruise ship

This is a great place to relax, Channel.

Channel the Bear

Channel the Bear

Channel is enjoying her time in Alaska’s Glacier Bay.

Glacier in Glacier Bay, Alaska

Glacier in Glacier Bay, Alaska

This a beautiful place Channel.   It looks cold with all the ice and snow.   Happy you stayed warm on the cruise ship.   Thanks for sending us these photos.   What a wonderful vacation.

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Hiking in Ketchikan, Alaska with Channel the Bear

My friend, Channel the Bear, took a cruise to Alaska.   She stopped in Ketchikan, Alaska for a hike.   These pictures are beautiful Channel.    Such a beautiful place to hike.

Channel in Ketchikan

Channel in Ketchikan

Beautiful trees here.

Hiking in Ketchikan with Channel

Hiking in Ketchikan with Channel

Be careful Channel.   You are a little bear.

Big Bears? Be careful Channel.

Big Bears?   Be careful Channel.   That fish is bigger than you

Thanks for sharing these pictures Channel.    It looks like you had a great time hiking in Ketchikan, Alaska.

 

Eldorado Canyon State Park in Colorado with the Colorado Traveling Ducks

Our home state of Colorado is beautiful.   The Rocky Mountains are truly majestic.   Hiking trails for all activity level are plentiful.    The rivers are clear with melted snow.   So, as you would expect there are many Colorado State Parks.   Today we want to show you Eldorado Canyon State Park.

Eldorado Canyon State Park

Eldorado Canyon State Park

This park is located between Denver and Boulder, so it is perfect for a day trip.   We love the water and waterfalls.

Water falling

Water falling

It is still rather early in the summer, so the rivers are running fast with heavy snow melt.

River really moving fast. Winter snow is melting.

River really moving fast. Winter snow is melting.

Eldorado State Park has many hiking trails.   This is the beginning of one that is located near the Visitor’s Center.

Eldorado Canyon Trailhead. Ready?

Eldorado Canyon Trail head.  Ready?

In this park, humans climb these steep rocks.

These rock walls are tall and steep

These rock walls are tall and steep

Ducks do not climb tall, steep rocks.   The geology of this canyon is varied.  Geologists can study millions of years of the earth’s history here.   These large rocks have several colors and minerals in them.

There are some large rocks here. The geology here is fantastic

There are some large rocks here. The geology here is fantastic

Oh my, there is a human climbing this rock.

Human is climbing this rock

Human is climbing this rock

Yep, there is the human climber.

Human rock climber

Human rock climber

This park has something for everyone.   You can hike, climb rocks, have picnics, and even camp here.   But sometimes we just like to sit by the river, listening to the water and admire the huge steep rock cliffs and bright blue Colorado sky.

Just sit and enjoy this park

Just sit and enjoy this park

We just like to relax and enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of nature.     We hope you also take time to enjoy the calming effects of nature.

 

Father’s Day 2016

Today, Sunday, June 19, 2016 is Father’s Day in the United States.   Father’s Day is celebrated on the third Sunday in June every year.   This is a holiday to honor fathers and male parenting and to recognize the influence of fathers in our society.   We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks wish all fathers, brothers, uncles, and grandfathers a Happy Father’s Day.   Father’s Day became a national holiday in 1972 when President Richard Nixon signed the holiday into law.   We especially wish a Happy Father’s Day to Eider Duck’s father and to JB Duck’s father.

Happy Father's Day 2016

Happy Father’s Day 2016

Happy Flag Day 2016

Today, June 14 commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States of America by resolution of the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.   Today, June 14 is also the birthday of the United States Army.   We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, hope all Americans proudly and properly display the flag of the United States of America.

Flag Day 2016

Flag Day 2016

Horses in and Around Denver

Colorado became a state in 1876.   At that time most people traveled by horse.   Today, many people in Colorado own horses.   Every January Denver hosts the National Western Stock Show.  The rodeos at the National Western are among the largest in the country.   We have horse carriages on our pedestrian mall in Denver.   But, we have many statues of horses that just don’t look like the horses I usually see.   Mom says this is artistic interpretation.   What do you think?   This horse statue is in west Arvada, near a beautiful, new housing community.

Horse across from beautiful new housing community

Horse across from beautiful new housing community

What is in its mouth?  And what is it wearing?  Horse shoes or horse boots?  In western Colorado, in the town of Rifle, this statue resembles a horse, but what is the horse standing on?

Balancing horse in Rifle, Colorado

Balancing horse in Rifle, Colorado

Rifle is a great western town.   I like Rifle.   West of Denver and south of Boulder, is the town of Eldorado Springs.   This horse was outside a sculpture studio.

Horse sculptured in Eldorado Springs, Colorado

Horse sculptured in Eldorado Springs, Colorado

Denver encourages public art.   This horse is on the corner with a Wal Mart.

Horse with fancy feet.

Horse with fancy feet.

The prancing horse, created in 2008 by Jim Dolan, is called Montana.   In downtown Denver, the main Denver Public Library is in the Denver Art Museum complex.   Here we have a small horse standing on a big chair in front of the Denver Public Library.

Small horse on big chair

Small horse on big chair

One of Denver’s more famous horse sculpture in at Denver International Airport.   This well known sculpture is also famous for killing its creator.

Blue Horse at Denver International Airport

Blue Horse at Denver International Airport

During the creation, the horse fell and did kill the artist.   The artist’s son finished the blue horse.

Red eyes on blue horse at Denver International Airport

Red eyes on blue horse at Denver International Airport

These red eyes on the horse really are noticeable as night approaches.   Perhaps our most famous, and most loved horse is the white bronco on the stadium where our Super Bowl Champion Denver Broncos play football.

The Broncos play here

The Broncos play here

The people of Colorado do love the Denver Broncos football team, and our horse, Bucky.

Bucky. Mom did not take this photo.

Bucky. Mom did not take this photo.

Bucky was moved to his traditional place of honor when a new stadium was built over 20 years ago.   There are many statues with horses in Colorado and in fairness, we wanted to show you some of the more unusual.   But we love our state and our many horses.