Northern Rockies Lodge, a Bear, and Colorado Traveling Ducks

Continuing south, I was looking forward to our next hotel.   We had reservations at the Northern Rockies Lodge again.   I love that place.   Here is a group of buffalo grazing on the side of the road.

Buffalo gazing

We always see buffalo along this part of the road.   I love them.   They are so big and every time we pass through here we see baby buffalo.   Of course, we have only been here in May and June.     Here is beautiful Muncho Lake.

Muncho Lake

This sign explains why the water seems green.

Such a beautiful color for the lake

The colors of nature are so beautiful.   We love this drive because we see so much of nature, untouched by humans.   We have arrived.

This is the view from the balcony of my room.

From our balcony

It seems like we always need to go somewhere and can only stay here at Northern Rockies Lodge for one night.   But we do spend more time here the next day, so everything is good.   We stay in the main lodge, but there is a camp ground and several cabins.

Cabins for rent

Mom takes around the lake.   There is so much more open water now compared to when we stopped here going north.   The ice is melting.

Muncho Lake

We just love the reflection of clouds and mountain in the lake.

Muncho Lake

The colors are so vivid.   Just beautiful.   It is a sunny day so mom has us, ducks and Chloe, by the lake.   Soapy’s mom is getting food from the restaurant and we will have a picnic by Muncho Lake.

Soapy’s mom is bringing food from restaurant. We will have a picnic lunch by Muncho Lake

We are at the table, just waiting for food.

Soapy’s mom bringing lunch

Soapy’s mom brings the food.   We eat and enjoy watching the lake and shore, but what is this??

A bear coming around the curve.

Coming around the bend in the shoreline, a black bear strolls into the lodge grounds.   We were just walking there about 30 minutes ago.  That is the same curve we saw behind Soapy’s mom carrying our lunch.    Did the bear see us, Colorado Traveling Ducks and Chloe?   Did he smell our lunch?  The bear keeps heading towards us.

Keeps coming. Used a little zoom here. Not quite that close.

Mom used the camera’s zoom.   He was close, but certainly not that close.  But he looks so cute and cuddly.   Then he turns and goes between the cabins.   We decide is time to leave the lake area and head to the lodge.  Our Chloe was very cool.   We know she saw the bear, but she just acted like she saw nothing.   And the bear also acted like he saw nothing.   This definitely is bear country.   We saw 13 bear by the road as we drove here yesterday.

One of 13 bears by the road yesterday. We love them all.

We walk back to the lodge and many tourists are talking about the bear.   He walked through the cabin area, using one of our favorite paths, crossed the road and wandered into the woods and out of sight.

Path between Muncho Lake and main road

This is a path, the one the bear used.   Well, lunch is eaten.  It is time for us to head south again.

Colorado Traveling Ducks in Canada’s Yukon Territory

Continuing northbound, we are enthralled with the winter scenery.

Frozen River

This frozen river is so beautful.   It is definitely winter weather, some snow each day, and frozen water everywhere, but the days are much longer this far north.   The sun rises before 5:00 a.m. each morning and doesn’t set until after 10:00 p.m.   A few more minutes of daylight is added every day.   And this fellow is always a treat to view.

Black bear

He is one of the first bears we saw.   Actually, the earlier bears appeared and walked into the woods before mom got her camera out.   No matter how many bears we see, we stop to admire each one.   We stop at another rest area.

Picnic area. Statue dedicated to surveyors

This one has a nice picnic area, for later in the summer, and a marker remembering the surveyors that made this road possible.   We enjoy another view of a frozen river.   Imagine this picnic area in the summer, watching the river flow.   So beautiful and peaceful.  Next we see the wild buffalo along the side of the Alaska Highway.

Baby buffalo in the spring

The precipation does not seem to bother mom and baby.   But, as usual, the rain and snow start and stop.

Buffalo along the road

There are several young buffalo with moms here.   A little distance from mom and baby, the dads remain watchful.    Further north we leave British Columbia and enter Canada’s Yukon territory.

Welcome to the Yukon

Chloe, Soapy’s mom and three Colorado Traveling Ducks are happy to see this sign, marking progress on our northern travel.   You may remember that we drove this route last year.   That trip was one way, heading south.   We bought this blue Jeep from the estate of mom’s brother.   Both this year and last year we spent the night in Watson Lake, Yukon.  This time, there is snow on the ground and it is rather cold.

Snow around church in Watson Lake

We liked the Liard Evangical Free Church in Watson Lake.   Originally built in 1942 near the airport, the building was moved here in 1963.  This church is open to all.  Leaving Watson Lake in the morning, we soon encountered snow and icy roads.

Spring time in the Yukon

Driving was trecherous.   But there is beauty with the snow also.

Snow makes trees beautiful

These trees are beautiful.   We pulled into a rest area after the snow stopped.   Our Chloe likes to get out of the car and have some exercie.   Really, we all enjoy the stops.

Snowy mountains from rest area

The mountains blurred by snow are breathtaking to us.   But it is May now and we are ready for some spring warmth and sunshine.   Soon, we think.

Zeb the Duck Travels Across Eastern Colorado

You all know about Colorado and the magnificent Rocky Mountains.   We have visited Denver, our capital, mountain towns for festivals, ski resorts, and our National Parks.   Today we are driving to Kansas.   Eastern Colorado is drier, flatter and less populated.   Eastern Colorado has farms and small towns and settlements.  Exiting I-70 east of Denver, we enter the town of Byers.

Byers, Colorado

Byers, Colorado

My friend, Tom, is holding me.  This restaurant looks inviting, but we are not hungry yet.

Inviting restaurant, but humans not hungry yet.

Inviting restaurant, but humans not hungry yet.

The Denver Broncos football team is loved all over the state of Colorado.   The Golden Spike Lounge in Byers also supports the Broncos.

Golden Spike Lounge supports the Denver Broncos

Golden Spike Lounge supports the Denver Broncos

This prairie dog is the first wild animal we encountered.

Prairie dog

Prairie dog

Isn’t he so cute?   Mom just loves these prairie dogs.   She admits that if they were in our yard she may not like them so much.   Leaving Byers, we drive east on US Highway 36 and stop to watch this herd of buffalo.

Herd of buffalo near Highway 36

Herd of buffalo near Highway 36

That is a lot of buffalo.   Next sight that stops us is the High Plains Raceway.

High Plains Raceway

High Plains Raceway

We go inside the area and watch the cars driving and racing around the track.   This is not a regular race.   It seems that the cars are driving, perhaps testing some modifications on the engines, or just pushing the cars to the limit.  This is one of the cars.

Race car

Race car

My new favorite number is 73.  We appreciate a good race car.  Here comes another car, racing around the track and speeding right past me, Zeb the Duck.

Racing past me

Racing past me

They are really driving fast.  This seems like the rich boys toys.  We love this trailer.

Wannabe Ranch trailer

Wannabe Ranch trailer

They like Horses and Porsches.  And we loved visiting High Plains Raceway.   Continuing east, we see this outside corn storage area.

A lot of corn

A lot of corn

Looks like there was a good corn crop this year.  I, Zeb the Duck, wanted to be sure it really was corn.

It is tasty corn

It is tasty corn

It is corn, and I am sampling some.   Ducks can often eat raw, whole grains.  Here is another small town.   I am ready to go inside The Grainery Bar and Grill, but the humans do not want to eat yet.

The Grainery Bar and Grill

The Grainery Bar and Grill with Zeb on the door handle.

Hey humans, where are we?   I guess we are in Idalia, Colorado.

Idalia, Colorado

Idalia, Colorado

But, where is Idalia?

152 miles east of Denver

152 miles east of Denver

We are 152 miles east of Denver.   I like Eastern Colorado, but it is very different from the Colorado I usually see.   OK, now we are leaving Colorado and entering Kansas.

Entering Kansas

Entering Kansas with Tom and mom

Kansas seems very flat and mostly farms.    But, next time we will show what we found in Kansas.   Not every where is so flat.   We hope you will read our next post about Kansas.

Theodore Roosevelt National Park with Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck

We love National Parks!   We are in western North Dakota on I-94.   Theodore Roosevelt National Park is here.

Welcome to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota

Welcome to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in western North Dakota

First we stop at the Painted Canyon Overlook.   This is part of the North Dakota Badlands.

Pink in the Painted Canyon

Pink in the Painted Canyon

The pink shows why this is called a painted canyon.   This place takes your breath away.

Painted Canyon has many moods

Painted Canyon has many moods

Don’t you just love it?   Next we went to the Visitor’s Center, received our map, and drove through the South Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park.   First stop is the Little Missouri River Bottomlands.

Little Missouri River

Little Missouri River

Very pretty.   The sign said these are Cottonwood trees, dark green jumpers and dwarf sagebrush.

Overlooking Little Missouri River

Overlooking Little Missouri River

We ducks, like humans, enjoy seeing this beautiful, tranquil scenery.   There are thousands of prairie dogs at various areas of the park.

Prairie dogs. Talking about us?

Prairie dogs.   Talking about us?

They are so cute.   We do not want them in our yards, but we love to see them in parks.   Oh no!   This could be trouble.

Could this be trouble?

Could this be trouble?

The coyote is walking among the prairie dogs.   We hope it is not time for him to eat.

Coyote says to relax

Coyote says to relax

Looks like he is saying, “I told you I was not hungry”   Some of the road are paved, and some are not.

Quiet road in park

Quiet road in park

We are fortunate that there is very little traffic in the park now.   This area is known as Beef Corral Bottom.

Beef Corral Bottom

Beef Corral Bottom.   Today we see prairie dogs, not cattle here

Years ago during the free range cattle round up, the cattle were brought here.   Then the owners could check the brand and take their cattle home to prepare for sale.   These buffalo are lounging by the side of the road.

Enjoying the sunny day.

Enjoying the sunny day.

We did not get out of our car here.   No reason to be foolish.   This is the home of the buffalo, not the home of tourists.   The color of the rock varies here.   Whitish in some areas.

Lighter rocks

Lighter rocks

Darker rock is other areas.

Darker rocks

Darker rocks

We like the open lands also.   The minerals in the soil effect the color of rocks.   This lone buffalo stood on a hill surveying his land.

Buffalo watching us admire him

Buffalo watching us admire him

He was so still at first, we were not sure if he was real, but he did begin to turn his head and walk away.   Behind the Visitor’s Center, is the Maltese Cross Ranch House.

Maltese Cross Ranch House. Theodore Roosevelt lived here summer of 1884

Maltese Cross Ranch House. Theodore Roosevelt lived here summer of 1884

In September, 1883 Theodore Roosevelt part an interest in the Maltese Cross Ranch.   He loved the Badlands of North and South Dakota.   The following winter his wife and his mother died with hours of each other.   When the weather permitted, here came back to North Dakota and lived in the Maltese Cross Ranch House.    Here he was able to find peace and renewed strength of spirit and body.   This ranch house was later moved to its present location in the National Park.   We hope you also have beautiful sunny weather when you visit Theodore Roosevelt National Park.