Zeb and Soapy Go to Duluth, Minnesota

We are now in Minnesota.

Hello Minnesota

Hello Minnesota

Soapy Smith Duck and his parents go to Minnesota, but this is the first time for Zeb. Southern Minnesota is like Iowa.   We like this farm where the farmer has put grain in these cars for transport.

Minnesota farm

Minnesota farm

We stopped at the town of Moose Lake, Minnesota.   This rest park is dedicated to Deputy Sheriff, Ervid T. Clemons  He was killed while on duty August 26, 1993.   We like this pier going over the Moose Horn River.

Pier over Moose Horn River

Pier over Moose Horn River

Isn’t this a great totem pole?

We like totem poles

We like totem poles

We like it in this park by the river.   Nearby is the memorial for Moises Albert Langhorst, Private First Class, US Marine Corps.

Memory of Moises Albert Langhorst

Memory of Moises Albert Langhorst

He gave his life April 16, 2004 in Ramadi, Iraq.   We like parks and memorials to remember and honor those who gave their lives to preserve our way of life.   We are now in Duluth, Minnesota.   Duluth is a major seaport on Lake Superior.   You will remember that the five Great Lakes between the United States and Canada are all connected, and further connected by the St. Lawrence Seaway, to the Atlantic Ocean. That is why a city so far from the ocean can be a major seaport.   We drove on the Scenic Skyline Parkway overlooking Lake Superior.

From Scenic Skyline Parkway

From Scenic Skyline Parkway

The bridge we see connects Duluth, Minnesota and Superior, Wisconsin.   Later we drove across that bridge.   The Scenic Skyline Parkway did provide great views of Lake Superior and the hills of Duluth.   No we are back in Duluth at the waterfront.   This is the Historic Canal Park and a major tourist area.   Humans can follow the sidewalk and walk to this lighthouse.

Duluth lighthouse

Duluth lighthouse

Humans can also rent these bicycle carts.   Many have three benches so 6 people can help pedal around Canal Park.

Six can pedal

Pedal around Canal Park

Much of this park was built and is maintained by the US Army Corps of Engineers.   We liked the tug boat from the US Army Corps of Engineers.

US Army Corps of Engineers

US Army Corps of Engineers

Of course humans, and ducks, always appreciate a good snack wagon

Love snacks!

Love snacks!

This is a special type of bridge.   This is the Aerial Lift Bridge.  Now the bottom layer is lifted to allow a boat to pass under the bridge.

Bridge raised for boat

Bridge raised for boat

When the boat has passed, the bottom layer is lowered for cars and pedestrians to cross the bridge.

Bridge lowered for vehicles and pedestrians

Bridge lowered for vehicles and pedestrians

This bridge, completed in 1905, is the oldest structural landmark in the city.   Improvements were done in 1929.   The bridge has a clearance of 180 feet, a span length of 386 feet and weighs 900 tons.   We liked this bridge, but those boats sure do have loud horn blasts when they have passed.   We are going to Wisconsin soon, but in a few days we will return to see more of northern Minnesota.   It is really nice here.   We like it and know you would like it also.

Eastern Colorado Prepares for Autumn

I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck, went to eastern Colorado recently.   Please welcome our newest member of the Duck family.

Pumpkin Duck joins the Duck family

Pumpkin Duck joins the Duck family

Pumpkin Duck was recently hatched.

We love the mountains in the west, but the east has farms.   We found these bales of hay near the road.

Ducks on hay

Ducks on hay

The bales are scattered in the field with wind turbines in the background. The eastern plains of Colorado are often windy, so wind turbines are a common sight.

A little further down the road we saw these machines.   Mom is not sure what they are doing, but the green machine works in the field.

Working on the farm

Working on the farm

The green machine keeps something from the field and empties it into these trucks.

Pouring stuff into truck

Pouring stuff into truck

Farming requires a lot of hard work.

Ready to begin work

Ready to begin work

Here there were several men nearby getting ready to start work early one morning.

Many crops are already harvested.   Now the hay is being prepared for winter.  Some bales are stacked in the fields.

For winter

For winter

Some are stacked in a shelter.

Stored under shelter

Stored under shelter

Farms often have animals in addition to crops.

Love the cows

Love the cows

These cows are happily grazing.

Irrigation system

Irrigation system

Eastern Colorado does not usually receive enough rain, so irrigation is necessary for crops to thrive.

This farmer might be a Denver Broncos football team fan.

Colorado loves the Denver Broncos

Colorado loves the Denver Broncos

Love the orange and blue!  Viewing acres of cared for farmland is beautiful.

Eastern Colorado farm

Eastern Colorado farm

But, we ducks love the cows the most.

Love this cow

Love this cow

When we see farms, we appreciate the hard work done here to bring food to all of us.