Cinco de Mayo 2016

Today is Cinco de Mayo, or May 5.   This is a Mexican holiday celebrating the smaller Mexican army defeating a larger French army in the city of Puebla, Mexico in 1862.   The French, under Napoleon’s leadership, returned and defeated the Mexican army and the French ruled Mexico for several years.   This is the 29th year of Denver’s Cinco de Mayo celebration.   This  Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8, 2016 the celebration will be held in Denver’s Civic Center Park.   If you go, you may see the parade Saturday morning.   Also Saturday there will be a taco eating contest, a Quinceanera Fashion Show ( girl’s 15th birthday) and chihuahua races.   Both days will feature music, delicious food, and many venders.   We hope you go to Civic Center Park this weekend to celebrate and enjoy the Cinco de Mayo festival.

A Segway Tour of Downtown Denver with the Colorado Traveling Ducks

Colorado Traveling Ducks and their humans enjoyed a Segway tour of downtown Denver a week ago during our beautiful spring weather.   We met John, our tour guide and Segway instructor.

John, our guide, holds Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck

John, our guide, holds Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck

Five humans and two of the Colorado Traveling Ducks learned to glide on their Segways.   This is so much fun!   We cruised to Coors Field, home of the Colorado Rockies baseball team.   The game was about to start and we rode through the crowd without a single accident–not even a close call.

Coors Field, home to Colorado Rockies baseball team. Game starts soon.

Coors Field, home to Colorado Rockies baseball team. Game starts soon.

John coached us well.   Did you know that in Coors Field there is a row of purple seats.   These seats are exactly a mile high.   Yes, Denver really is the Mile High City.   Coors Brewery is located a few miles west of the stadium in Golden, Colorado.   One of the beers brewed by Coors is Blue Moon.   Under this stadium is a room, directly under first base, where some Blue Moon is brewed.   If you order a Blue Moon beer during the baseball game, you will get the freshest beer you will ever be able to purchase.   Very amazing isn’t it?   Stopping on a bridge for photos, we then headed to the bike path behind us, gliding along the Platte River.

John and Soapy's mom on Segways

John and Soapy’s mom on Segways

Along the Platt River we saw several humans on bicycles, several walking, some kayakers on the river, and REI, or Recreational Equipment, Inc.   Located here on the river, with an outdoor patio and Starbucks REI offers refreshments  with a view.

REI and Starbucks on the Platte River

REI and Starbucks on the Platte River and a goose in the river.

A great location for relaxing and enjoying Denver.    After the bike path, we headed back downtown.   This is the Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex.

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex

Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex

We have enjoyed performances at several of the theaters here and have loved them all.   Nearby is the Denver Convention Center.   The big blue bear looks in the window to see the activities.   John put Zeb and Soapy Smith Duck in the tree so the Colorado Traveling Ducks can watch the big blue bear.

Ducks in the tree watching the Big Blue Bear

Ducks in the tree watching the Big Blue Bear

We think this big blue bear is our friend.   Our next stop is by Plumb Bob Brain.   This two sided head has a golden builder’s plumb bob instead of a brain.

Plumb Bob Brain and 2 sided face

Plumb Bob Brain and 2 sided face

The Plumb Bob is a tool used to obtain true vertical in construction.   We think this is very unusual, but rather interesting.   You can see the Colorado State Capitol Building in the background.   Back on the Segways, we drove across Civic Center Park and gazed at the Capitol Building.

Colorado Capitol Building

Colorado Capitol Building

One of the cement steps to the capitol building is exactly one mile high.   The step is marked so you will know when you are exactly a mile above sea level.   In the early days of Colorado, much of the territory and later the state was involved in mining.   Gold, silver, other minerals and gems were mine here.   This huge pick and gold nugget are a tribute to our mining heritage.

Honoring Colorado's mining history

Honoring Colorado’s mining history

Our tour ended and we returned to our starting location in Lower Downtown, or LoDo.   Thanks John and Rocky Top Glide for a wonderful afternoon.   For more information visit http://www.rockytopglide.com  To complete our day, we had dinner at the Cheesecake Factory.   As always the food was very good and the cheesecake is outstanding.   The next time you are planing a birthday dinner, consider the Cheesecake Factory.   The cheesecake dessert was served on a plate with Happy Birthday to you written in chocolate syrup.

Great birthday dessert

Great birthday dessert

We hope you have a birthday celebration at the Cheesecake Factory.

Woof Fest 2014

Woof Fest 2014 was yesterday, August 17, 2014.

We loved Woof Fest 2014

We loved Woof Fest 2014

This event for dogs and humans, and two of the Colorado Traveling Ducks, was held at Denver’s Civic Center Park. I, Zeb the Duck, went with Soapy Smith Duck and our moms. Soapy’s dog, Steve, went also. Bands were performing in the Greek Theater.

Music everywhere

Music everywhere

Several dogs were here also.  Here are two of them.

Lounging and happy

Lounging and happy

This is dog is her baby

This is dog is her baby

Steve and Soapy’s mom went shopping here. Steve (she is a girl) got a pink fluffy collar with pearls and another collar with a pink bandana. There is so much stuff for dogs at Woof Fest. This, Joyful Bling Dog Gear, was our favorite store.

Steve shopping at Joyful Bling Dog Gear

Steve shopping at Joyful Bling Dog Gear

The storeowner, Connie, said the store is on Facebook. Check them out! Your dog will love you for it.

Next stop was a tattoo for Steve. She is not sure about this during the process,

What are you doing????

What are you doing????

but here she is, very happy with her new heart tattoo.

Steve strutting her stuff!

Steve strutting her stuff!

Woof Fest is a benefit concert for underprivileged pets. Live music was performed on two stages. Here was the merchandise for Woof Fest.

Help PetAid Colorado

Help PetAid Colorado

Steve has so many things already, so we did not purchase more, but each of the moms gave a donation for pets.

Ducks want to help pets also

Ducks want to help pets also

Soapy and I were happy they did—we like dogs and all pets.

Steve is in the off leash pet area now.

No leashes here, but many frisbees and tennis balls

No leashes here, but many frisbees and tennis balls

We saw this Dalmatian Duck.

Dalmatian Duck

Dalmatian Duck

He is so cute, but he already has an owner. We just took this photo. This is a great idea and booth.

Ask the vet and help your pet!

Ask the vet and help your pet!

Pet owners can Ask a Veterinarian questions about pets here. There were several dishes with cold water, some with ice, for the dogs.

Several dishes with ice water for dogs at Woof Fest

Several dishes with ice water for dogs at Woof Fest

Ducks were not allowed in the water bowls.

We had great food from this Manna from Heaven Food Truck.

Yum!

Yum!

One mom had a sandwich and one mom had a wrap. Steve had a little grilled pork and grilled chicken.

Denver’s Civic Center Park is between the Capitol building and the City and County Building. It is very nice. Here are a couple statues.

Bucking horse

Bucking horse

Denver's Civic Center Park

Denver’s Civic Center Park

We hope you come to Woof Fest next year. If there is one in your city, visit and you will have a good time. For more information, visit www.wooffest.org