We love visiting Grand Lake, Colorado. I, Zeb the Duck, and my friend Chanel the Bear, took our moms to Grand Lake.
Let’s visit my favorite store, Quackers.
This store in Grand Lake features rubber ducks! Yes, an entire store dedicated to me and my duck relatives.
Meet my largest relative. Chanel and I invited some friends to pose with us. As great as ducks are, we also enjoy the fudge.
And there is more. Roasted nuts.
Of course some came home with us. While rubber ducks are the stars of this store, Martin the Moose is pretty great also.
Remember we are in the Colorado mountains. Moose do live here. However, Martin is the only moose I ever saw wearing skis. We purchased new family members.
And some fudge and roasted nuts. Then headed out for lunch.
Today our choice is The Sagebrush. Here are some new friends.
Aren’t we an attractive bunch of friends? Our table has a complimentary bucket of peanuts.
We are to toss the peanut shells on the floor. That is the sign of a fun place to eat. Notice the cow pattern table cover? Our lunch was delicious and the portions were large. A good place to eat when you are in Grand Lake. Now to the adjoining bar.
Looks like it is from an old Western movie. We enjoy the hats and license plates as part of the rustic decor. Our next stop is Studio 8369, an art studio in town.
The 8369 refers to the elevation of the town of Grand Lake. That is about 2550 meters above sea level. The Rocky Mountains in Colorado are rather high. Inside Studio 8369 we admire the Gourd Art.
This is by Ivy Howard of Grand Lake, Colorado. Surrounded by the Rocky Mountains, Studio 8369 has some beautiful photography.
You would love this place. A couple weeks later mom and I returned to Grand Lake. This time there was more snow. A few miles from Grand Lake is Lake Granby.
We loved the partially frozen lake and the low clouds. Driving through town, past Quackers, we went to Grand Lake. Grand Lake is the largest and deepest natural lake in Colorado. It is also part of the headwaters for the mighty Colorado River. Remember the Colorado River heads southwest and continues to carve the Grand Canyon.
In the summer tourists can rent boats to explore and enjoy the lake. Now snowy and frozen, we enjoy a winter landscape. Back into town, near Quackers, we spotted these snowmobiles, or snow machines.
Mom said we were not renting them today, but we had to try them for size. These are big. The employees at Spirit Lake Lodge rent these machines. They were very nice to us, the Colorado Traveling Ducks. A drive into Rocky Mountain National Park was next.
Grand Lake is at the western entrance to Rocky Mountain National Park. The road had been cleared.
Isn’t this a beautiful winter drive? However the road is only cleared for part of the park. This road ascends to over 12,000 feet (3657 m) and is closed during the snowy winter months. We did enjoy many beautiful winter scenes.
As you know, we love our mountains. Both in the summer and in the winter. We hope you explore a little and enjoy our mountains during the winter, or explore your part of the world and enjoy all the seasons. It is a new year, so enjoy and discover new things and places. And tell us about your adventures.