Hiking in Ketchikan, Alaska with Channel the Bear

My friend, Channel the Bear, took a cruise to Alaska.   She stopped in Ketchikan, Alaska for a hike.   These pictures are beautiful Channel.    Such a beautiful place to hike.

Channel in Ketchikan

Channel in Ketchikan

Beautiful trees here.

Hiking in Ketchikan with Channel

Hiking in Ketchikan with Channel

Be careful Channel.   You are a little bear.

Big Bears? Be careful Channel.

Big Bears?   Be careful Channel.   That fish is bigger than you

Thanks for sharing these pictures Channel.    It looks like you had a great time hiking in Ketchikan, Alaska.

 

Eldorado Canyon State Park in Colorado with the Colorado Traveling Ducks

Our home state of Colorado is beautiful.   The Rocky Mountains are truly majestic.   Hiking trails for all activity level are plentiful.    The rivers are clear with melted snow.   So, as you would expect there are many Colorado State Parks.   Today we want to show you Eldorado Canyon State Park.

Eldorado Canyon State Park

Eldorado Canyon State Park

This park is located between Denver and Boulder, so it is perfect for a day trip.   We love the water and waterfalls.

Water falling

Water falling

It is still rather early in the summer, so the rivers are running fast with heavy snow melt.

River really moving fast. Winter snow is melting.

River really moving fast. Winter snow is melting.

Eldorado State Park has many hiking trails.   This is the beginning of one that is located near the Visitor’s Center.

Eldorado Canyon Trailhead. Ready?

Eldorado Canyon Trail head.  Ready?

In this park, humans climb these steep rocks.

These rock walls are tall and steep

These rock walls are tall and steep

Ducks do not climb tall, steep rocks.   The geology of this canyon is varied.  Geologists can study millions of years of the earth’s history here.   These large rocks have several colors and minerals in them.

There are some large rocks here. The geology here is fantastic

There are some large rocks here. The geology here is fantastic

Oh my, there is a human climbing this rock.

Human is climbing this rock

Human is climbing this rock

Yep, there is the human climber.

Human rock climber

Human rock climber

This park has something for everyone.   You can hike, climb rocks, have picnics, and even camp here.   But sometimes we just like to sit by the river, listening to the water and admire the huge steep rock cliffs and bright blue Colorado sky.

Just sit and enjoy this park

Just sit and enjoy this park

We just like to relax and enjoy the soothing sights and sounds of nature.     We hope you also take time to enjoy the calming effects of nature.

 

Elk Fest 2014 in Estes Park, Colorado

It is Elk Fest time.  I, Zeb the Duck, and Soapy Smith Duck with our moms and Soapy’s dog Steve, went to Estes Park, Colorado.

We love Estes Park, Colorado

We love Estes Park, Colorado

Elk Fest is a great time in Estes Park.  The elk often come right into town.  It is also mating season for elk, so sometimes we hear elk bugling.   Estes Park has a couple entrances to Rocky Mountain National Park, so the setting is gorgeous and the wildlife plentiful.

Estes Park is also home to the Stanley Hotel, featured in the movie The Shining.

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

The Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, Colorado

The hotel is very nice, but why so many cars here today?

Elk herd at the Stanley

Elk herd at the Stanley

Now we know.  The elk herd is lounging and grazing at the grounds of the Stanley.  This one huge bull elk guards the many cows, or girl elk.

This bull is in charge of the herd.  Busy guy!

This bull is in charge of the herd. Busy guy!

As you can see, Colorado Division of Wildlife has tagged some of the elk.

Elk are being monitored

Elk are being monitored

We loved seeing so many elk in town today.

During Elk Fest there are booths and entertainment.   These Indians were entertaining today.

Dancing and singing today

Dancing and singing today

This is a sample of beadwork for sale.

Nice beadwork!

Nice beadwork!

We expected to see elk and other animals, but this…

We loved this cow!  Was near booths and entertainment.

We loved this cow! Was near booths and entertainment.

We spotted the remains of a stone building on a hill, but this was at the beginning of the trail.

Must always be alert in mountains

Must always be alert in mountains

With Steve on a leash, 2 ducks and 2 humans started up the mountain trail.

Over the bridge and up the mountain trail

Over the bridge and up the mountain trail

The ruins were nice to see.

Very picturesque.  Love the fireplace

Very picturesque. Love the fireplace

The hike was fun.

Beautiful area

Beautiful area

Several other humans and dogs were visiting the area also.   Heading back to the car to leave, Steve stops to look at the river.

Stevie is such a good girl!

Stevie is such a good girl!

Even though Elk Fest was last weekend, the elk still come into Estes Park and many shops are open.  If you can, visit Estes Park soon.  The elk will probably be in town and the scenery is spectacular.

Plenty of wild elk in the area.  Come see them soon.

Plenty of wild elk in the area. Come see them soon.

 

Hiking in Roxborough State Park

I, Zeb the Duck, went hiking with Soapy Smith Duck and mom.  Roxborough State Park is 25 miles south of Denver and we loved it!

Here we are at Roxborough State Park

Here we are at Roxborough State Park

Mom picked a trail and we started down the path.

Heading down the trail

Heading down the trail

Then we saw this sign warning us about poison ivy.

Poison Ivy??  Be careful!!

Poison Ivy?? Be careful!!

Be careful mom.  We don’t want to spend a few days itching.   We looked back at the Visitor’s Center.

Last view of the Visitor's Center

Last view of the Visitor’s Center

Great view of rock formations don’t you think?  Our trail led us through a wooded area with many wild flowers.  Of course we ducks think yellow flowers are the best color.

Peaceful with yellow flowers

Peaceful with yellow flowers

An employee told us the wild flowers lasted longer this season because we had more rain this year.  They are so pretty—we saw yellow, white, blue and purple flowers.  At a break in the trees these rock formations came into view.

Beautiful rock formations

Beautiful rock formations

WOW!!  Roxborough State Park also has lighter colored rock formations.

Lighter rock formations add contrast to the park

Lighter rock formations add contrast to the park

We could not pick a favorite.  The trail had this bridge to cross the creek.

We like bridges

We like bridges

When we were driving away from the trails, this male was watching us.

We were being watched

We were being watched

This lady has a young deer by her side.

Mom is protecting her young.

Mom is protecting her young.

We all loved Roxborough State Park and we will be back for more hiking while admiring the beautiful scenery.  We would like to meet you on a trail here.

We will be looking for you

We will be looking for you

Boulder Canyon, Colorado with Zeb the Duck

Boulder canyon is beautiful.

Boulder Canyon

Boulder Canyon

We just returned from a drive today.  We live near Denver, but within a short time we are vacationing in the beautiful Rocky Mountains.  Today we drove through Boulder, Colorado, took highway 119 and enjoyed Boulder Canyon.

The mountains are tall, rugged and majestic.

Road cut through steep mountain in Boulder Canyon

Road cut through steep mountain in Boulder Canyon

Boulder Creek flows through the canyon.  Traffic was light; it was a Thursday afternoon, so we pulled over often to admire the mountains.  A walking or bike path was separate from the road in many places.  Much safer for all.  We often looked from the road, saw Boulder Creek and bikers pedaling.  Many riding uphill.  I never will understand humans.

We came to Boulder Falls.

Welcome to Boulder Falls

Welcome to Boulder Falls

Like many others, we parked, took pictures,

Boulder Falls

Boulder Falls

and headed to the hiking trail.    The water, falls and tumbles, over rocks for 70 feet.

Ready to hike Boulder Falls

Ready to hike Boulder Falls

And there is no entrance fee.  Unfortunately the trail was closed.  The sign said too many rocks falling.  That seemed like a good reason to close the trail.  Back into the car we went.  Continued driving through the canyon and eventually back home.  Ducks love these trips and humans seem relaxed and energized after the drive.  Hope you try it soon.

Hi  Zeb again.  We were in Boulder Canyon a couple weeks ago, before the rains and flooding.  If you go,  wait a few days, and be sure to check on road conditions.   It is beautiful and will be again soon.  We were on a road trip this week and this was set to post while we were gone.   Loved the canyon!

Hiking at Echo Lake, Colorado

Zeb had a great time at Echo Lake.  This lake is calm and beautiful.

Ready to hike at Echo Lake

Ready to hike at Echo Lake

Located near the road to Mt. Evans, Echo Lake was perfect for Zeb, his mom, Soapy’s mom and Steve, Soapy’s dog.  We hiked, talked and laughed, ate, shopped, and hiked some more.

I have to say, that this was the best hiking ever.  I, Zeb, rode on the back of Steve.

Zeb riding Steve at Echo Lake

Zeb riding Steve at Echo Lake

From this picture, you can see that I had a real ride and a wonderful time.  Although Steve is fast, she was careful with me and I stayed on her, never even close to falling off her back.  Fantastic!

We started at Echo Lake Lodge parking lot.  We hiked on trails that felt spongy from all the pine needles.  A few other people, no ducks like me and a few dogs were on our trail.  Everybody was very kind and having a good time in the mountain sunshine.  The trail led us around the lake and back to the road.  Before the road, we found the picnic area with many tables and a shelter in case of too much wind or rain.  Also restrooms are available.  This seems important to humans.

In the lake, we saw live ducks swimming, people fishing and dogs having fun.  My Steve put paws in the lake and enjoyed a big, cool drink.

Steve having a drink from Echo Lake

Steve having a drink from Echo Lake

Hiking makes humans hungry.

Lunch was good at Echo Lake Lodge.  Mom had a big, tasty hamburger.  Soapy’s mom had chicken quesadillas.  Lots of smiles and eating here.  While eating, we watched hummingbirds at the feeders.  They are a lot smaller than me, but those wings sure move fast!

Hummingbird with wings in action

Hummingbird with wings in action

Soon the humans, saying how full they were, ordered dessert.  Dessert???  Echo Lake Lodge has wonderful home made pies.  Mom had blueberry pie with ice cream.  Soapy’s mom had chocolate peanut butter pie, topped with whipped cream and miniature chocolate chips, and a scoop of ice cream.

The pie is perfect!

The pie is perfect!

As you can see, I enjoyed it also.

It rained while we were eating, but we took a short hike after lunch

Steve, wait for me

Steve, wait for me

and then home.   This was a fantastic day.  You will love Echo Lake and maybe even some pie from the restaurant.   Echo Lake is about 1 hour from Denver.  From I-70 take the second exit in Idaho Springs.  Then drive 14 miles to Echo Lake Lodge and the entrance to Mt. Evans.  The drive is beautiful and Echo Lake is worth the trip.  The Echo Lake Lodge website was not completed today, but check www.mountevans.com.   This is another great day trip from Denver.  Hope to see you there soon.