National Popcorn Day 2017

Today, January 19, is National Popcorn Day.   We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, love popcorn.   With butter, of course.   In the early 16th century popcorn was used in headdresses worn during Aztec ceremonies.   Early Spanish explorers were fascinated by the corn that burst into what looked like a white flower.   Popcorn became popular in the United States in the mid 1800s.   By 1900 horse drawn popcorn wagons were going through the streets of Chicago.   Of course, you cannot go to the movies without buying and eating hot buttered popcorn.

We love popcorn

We love popcorn

We, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, love eating movie popcorn with lots of butter.   Yum!

Snorkeling in St. Kitts with the Colorado Traveling Ducks

Today we are in St. Kitts.   And we love it.   All of us are going on the same shore excursion today.   Let’s go on our Mini Speedboat and Snorkeling Adventure.   We are going on these mini speedboats.

Mini Speedboats and snorkeling equipment

Mini Speedboats and snorkeling equipment

Two humans in each boat–ducks going also.  You may notice that we have a new friend.   Chip, the chocolate chip cookie, from Doubletree Hotels is with us.   Bucket’s parents work for Doubletree Hotel, a division of Hilton Hotels.   Bucket, Chip and Bucket’s parents are ahead of us.

Bucket's parents heading to snorkeling area.

Bucket’s parents heading to snorkeling area.

We loved driving the mini speedboats.   The snorkeling was fun also, but the humans did not take photos of us.   Maybe next time.   After snorkeling and driving the speedboats, we wanted lunch.  We walk along the beach, and Soapy’s mom saw a man with a monkey.   Now she has us, Chip, a monkey and the monkey’s doll.

Soapy's mom with monkey, Colorado Traveling Ducks, Chip and a doll

Soapy’s mom with monkey, Colorado Traveling Ducks, Chip and a doll

That is a lot to hold, so the man holds the monkey now.   He seems to be holding Soapy’s mom, too.

Soapy's mom and monkey owner

Soapy’s mom and monkey owner

We loved that cute monkey, but the moms said we could not take it home.    Look, here is a place to order food.

We are getting hungry

We are getting hungry

We are really thirsty.

We were thirsty

We were thirsty

What is this?   A snowman in the tropical Caribbean.

Snowman--in the Caribbean??

Snowman–in the Caribbean??

We would like to eat here, looking at the beautiful water.

Let's eat here

Let’s eat here

After lunch and a brief swim, a taxi took us back to our ship so we could get dry clothes.   Now we head to the shopping area for cruise passengers.

Shopping area for cruise passengers

Shopping area for cruise passengers

These wandering dancers and musicians are very colorful.

Wandering dancers and musicians

Wandering dancers and musicians

We like them.   There are lots of places here to shop and eat.   Sailing away on our cruise ship, we look back at beautiful St. Kitts.

Leaving St. Kitts

Leaving St. Kitts

When mom and I return to our room, our new towel art makes us laugh.

Towel monkey in our room

Towel monkey in our room

We love this monkey towel.   We had fun in St. Kitts and are looking forward to tomorrow’s adventure.

The Colorado Traveling Ducks Wake Up to Snow

We have three or four inches of new snow in our yard.   Yesterday, Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck convinced mom to drive around town taking photos of our new snow.   First we went to this lake.

Snow on frozen lake

Snow on frozen lake

The lake is frozen, but the ice is not deep enough to be safe for humans.   There is snow on the ice and everything looks so fresh and clean.   Looking to the west, the tops of the Rocky Mountains are concealed in clouds.

Mountains covered by clouds

Mountains covered by clouds

There is new snow on the foothills.   Foothills are the mountains, before they get tall enough to be the real Rocky Mountains.   There was no school yesterday so the snow on this playground is still fresh and untouched.

Fresh snow on school play ground

Fresh snow on school play ground

There are thousands of Canadian Geese that spend the winter in Colorado.   But in this yard, we saw this unusual pair.   We normally just see the darker geese, but here is a rarer white goose.

Canadian geese

Canadian geese

We thought they were beautiful, so mom just had to put two photos of them in here.

Canadian geese

Canadian geese

The trees look so pretty with their new snow coats.

Snow clinging to tree

Snow clinging to tree

Next we drove to our city park.

Park in our town

Park in our town

We love to see the fresh snow and the creek flowing through the park.

A city park in our town

A city park in our town

Some of the trees have already lost their new coats of snow.   The Colorado ski areas are receiving several feet of new snow, but in town, we are happy with a few inches.   We think it is pretty and we hope you like new snow also.

St. Lucia with The Colorado Traveling Ducks

First time for all of us in St. Lucia.   Here is the plan for humans and ducks in St. Lucia.

St. Lucia. Beach time.

St. Lucia. Beach time.

Add a little shopping, enjoying the scenery and sunshine, and stop for lunch somewhere Caribbean.   But, it is a drizzly day.   We wait a couple hours, but the sun shows no sign of emerging.   OK, no beach, no sunshine, so what now?   The humans leave the beach bags, head off the ship and hire a taxi.   Peter, our driver, leaves the capital city of Castries.

Passing Derek Walcott Square on our way out of Castries

Passing Derek Walcott Square on our way out of Castries

Then we drive through the hills.   That is our ship, Carnival’s Fascination.

Our ship

Our ship

We love the waterfalls, or fast steam.

Waterfall

Waterfall

Next stop is outside the Residence of the Governor General.

Residence of the Governor General

Residence of the Governor General

Behind us we see the venders protecting their merchandise from the light rain.

Vendors protecting merchandise while raining.

Vendors protecting merchandise during rain.

Maybe it will stop raining soon?   The calabash tree is fairly common in St Lucia.

Calabash tree

Calabash tree

Peter says you cannot eat the fruit, but the hard shell of the fruit is used as a vessel to carry things.   Wikipedia says that sometimes the fruit and leaves are used for treating respiratory problems.   Here is a salmon tree.   It is at least 450 years old.

Salmon tree

Salmon tree

The University of the West Indies has a campus in St Lucia.

University of the West Indies

University of the West Indies

These buildings are now part of the University.

Former fort now part of the University

Former fort now part of the University

This was an old fort used during the many fights between the French and British.   Both countries ruled St. Lucia, with power changing countries several times.   We ducks think the foliage here is beautiful.   This was another stop to view the harbor.

Panorama

Panorama

There is a little shop up here, and it is open.   So humans and ducks do some shopping.

Let's look. Maybe get something to take home?

Let’s look. Maybe get something to take home?

Continuing through the mountains, we see this steep path to a house.

Steep path to get home

Steep path to get home

Built on the side of a mountain, the back of the house touches the ground, but the front of the houses have stilts.    A very good way to build houses here.   Aren’t these cute Christmas decorations?

Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

We like them.  It is still mostly rainy, but we are in St. Lucia.   The humans and ducks really want to see the beach.

Finally on the beach in St. Lucia

Finally on the beach in St. Lucia

We love beaches.   After this photo, mom moves to the other side of ducks to take a photo looking the other direction.   Hey mom!

Are we swimming alone? Mom!!

Are we swimming alone? Mom!!

We, Zeb, Soapy, and Bucket, are being washed out to sea.   Fortunately Bucket’s mom rushes in to save us.   Thanks!   Peter was right.   He told us the waves were rough today.

Rough waves

Rough waves

But, we are all safe and back to the shopping area by the ship.

Safe, dry and hungry in St. Lucia

Safe, dry and hungry in St. Lucia

Now we are just waiting for our snacks.

National Rubber Ducky 2017

It is exciting!   It is our day!   Today, January 13 is National Rubber Ducky Day.   In 1970 Jim Henson, as Ernie, sang Rubber Ducky on Sesame Street.

Ernie, Bert and Rubber Ducky from Sesame Sreet

Ernie, Bert and Rubber Ducky from Sesame Sreet

We have been famous ever since that day.   That rubber duck is cute, but we, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, think we are cuter and have better personalities.  Today we celebrate us, the Colorado Traveling Ducks, and all the rubber ducks everywhere.   We hope you see a rubber duck today and smile.   Celebrate our day.

A Day in Barbados with Zeb, Soapy Smith and Bucket Duck

We step off the ship in Bridgeport, Barbados.   And the sign said we were welcome here.

Colorado Traveling Ducks are in Barbados

Colorado Traveling Ducks are in Barbados

It is so nice and warm here.   We walked to the shopping area.

Shopping area for cruise passengers only

Shopping area for cruise passengers only

This shopping area is just for us and other cruise passengers.   Bucket is leaving us to go with his parents for another shore excursion.   Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck are browsing with our moms.  Oh no.   We ducks have seen these stores before.   Inside we go.   After a long time, to ducks it was long, we came out.

Maybe this bag is new traveling bag for ducks. Humans get the emeralds.

Maybe this bag is new traveling bag for ducks. Humans get the emeralds.

We are bringing another emerald back to Colorado.   Our human moms love Colombian Emeralds, International.   The emeralds here are beautiful and the humans just have to go inside to purchase at least one item.   OK, shopping is done.   Now two ducks and two humans get a taxi and we head for the beach.

We made purchases at building behind us.

We made purchases at building behind us.

Beverages are sold here and we purchased several diet Cokes.   So cool and refreshing.   We love this beach.

Beautiful beach in Barbados

Beautiful beach in Barbados

The humans take turns walking along the beach, one of their favorite activities.   Here is Soapy’s mom strolling on the sand.

Soapy's mom walking on beach

Soapy’s mom walking on beach

There were a few other humans here, but there was another visitor to our beach.

We are not alone here. Sand crab in Barbados

We are not alone here.   Crab in Barbados

Actually, this is his beach and we are the visitors.   This curious crab has the tallest eyes we ducks have ever seen.   Our moms have been to Barbados before, so they just wanted some lazy, quiet beach time today.   Bucket and his parents took the Jolly Roger Pirate Party Cruise and Snorkel trip.   They are on a pirate ship for about 4 hours.   One stop is here in a beautiful protected area.

Great area for fun on pirate ship

Great area for fun on pirate ship

They swim in the Caribbean.

Bucket's mom snorkeling

Bucket’s mom snorkeling

Bucket’s dad will walk the plank.

Bucket's dad. Soon to be landing in Caribbean Sea

Bucket’s dad. Soon to be landing in Caribbean Sea

Bucket's dad jumping off pirate ship

Bucket’s dad jumping off pirate ship

 

 

 

 

 

The water is so warm and swimming is perfect.   Back on the Jolly Roger Pirate Ship, the captain heads around the island of Barbados.   Soon there is another stop for snorkeling.

Caribbean water is so blue

Caribbean water is so blue

Bucket’s dad is in the beautiful, blue water.   The humans have GoPro cameras, so they can show us what they see underwater.

What you can see snorkeling in Barbados

What you can see snorkeling in Barbados

Wow!  A sunken ship wreck.   Bucket was there, but snorkeling equipment did not come in his size.  After swimming and snorkeling, they have a great lunch on the deck of the pirate ship.   After lunch there is dancing, laughing and visiting with other pirate ship passengers.   Bucket said this was a great trip.   But he wants snorkeling equipment in his size.   Sorry Bucket, but that is probably not going to happen.  We ducks and humans all meet for dinner to share our adventures.   Cruises are fun.

 

 

 

 

Exploring Carnival Fascination with Colorado Traveling Ducks

We do not stop at any port today.   This is our at sea day, so let’s explore our cruise ship.   When we got on this ship, every human and traveling duck attended the safety drill.

We went to the safety drill

We went to the safety drill

Nobody thinks we will ever have a problem, but if something happens, we now know where to go for a life boat.   But, today will be fun on Carnival’s Fascination cruise ship.   Ducks like water, so we went to the water slides first.

Water slides

Water slides

Near the swimming pool we watch ice carving.   This piece of ice was brought here.

Beginning block of ice

Beginning block of ice

Then he began carving.

Quickly sculpting

Quickly sculpting

In about 10 minutes this Indian head, complete with carved feather head dress was finished.

Finished ice sculpture

Finished ice sculpture

This carver just used chisels.  It was really hard to get a photo with so many people here.  And the ice is melting fast.   It really did look great; much better than mom’s photo.   In some areas we have seen ice carvers begin with chain saws, but not here.   These spiral stairways look interesting.

Let's go up the spiral staircase

Let’s go up the spiral staircase

Mom said we can go up later, but let’s see what is being served for lunch on the deck.

Lunch served on deck. Let's try some of everything.

Lunch served on deck. Let’s try some of everything.

We took some of everything.   We wanted to try it all and then next time maybe only take our favorites.   This one of our favorite places to eat outside.

Favorite outside dining area

Favorite outside dining area

This area is sheltered, so not too windy, but we love to watch the water.   About deciding on our favorite foods, that didn’t work.   We love it all.   Everything is our favorite.   Because we eat so much on the ship, the humans never take the elevators.   We climb several flights of stairs every day.   They think it helps.   We did climb those curved stairs and we found the ping pong table.

Ping pong

Ping pong

Again a protected area so the wind isn’t strong here.   Near the ping pong table we looked down at the pool area.

From ping pong area looking at main pool

From ping pong area looking at main pool

Earlier there was a fund raiser with music on the small stage.   Money was raised for St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.   There were many activities on the ship today.   Also many people lounging, swimming in the pool, visiting, and just enjoying watching the beautiful Caribbean Sea.   Dinner in the dining room is always so nice.   After a delicious dinner, we had these desserts.

Great desserts tonight

Great desserts tonight

Three humans had melted chocolate cake with ice cream.   Mom preferred the raspberry dessert.   We ducks prefer all of them.   The waiters saw us posing for a photo, liked us, and wanted a photo with ducks and waiters.

Waiters liked Colorado Traveling Ducks

Waiters liked Colorado Traveling Ducks

Everybody is so friendly here.   After dinner an announcement was made.   Our ship would be stopping in the Caribbean to give aid to a ship in distress.   Of course, we ducks wanted to see what was happening.   This sailboat had problems.

Sailboat in distress

Sailboat in distress

Our ship, The Fascination, sent a small crew with supplies to the sailboat.   None of the humans on the sailboat wanted to come to our ship, they just needed supplies and did not want to leave their sailboat.   We were glad to help and the captain told us we would be a little late arriving at our port the next morning.    That is OK.   We could have been the ship in distress and we would want someone to stop for us.   In the center of the ship is the atrium.

Atrium

Atrium

We ducks love the openness and all the lights here.   Cruising is definitely something we like. This was our only Day at Sea and we enjoyed exploring our ship.   Next stop is Barbados.