Zeb the Duck Travels the Cache la Poudre Scenic Byway

Autumn in Colorado is beautiful.   Today let’s drive one of Colorado’s scenic byways.   From Denver we drive north to Fort Collins then the scenic byway through Poudre Canyon and into Waldon, Colorado.   The Cache la Poudre River flows through Poudre Canyon.

Poudre la Cache River

This is a beautiful canyon.   We drove through this tunnel.

Tunnel through mountain

Tunnels are fun to drive through in our mountains.   We love the Cache la Poudre River.

Cache la Poudre River

Mom, I am almost cut out of this photo.   Watching and listening to water is very soothing for ducks and humans.

Cache la Poudre River

The only purpose for this blog post today is to show you how beautiful Colorado is this fall.   Our drive started at a rather low elevation in Fort Collins, just under 5,000 feet (1,524 m).   So leaves had not yet started to change colors.   But we go into the mountains and over Cameron Pass at 10,276 feet (3,132 m).   The leaves change colors at higher elevations first.

Gold aspen in Poudre Canyon

We love our golden aspen.   And we love the colors along the Cache la Poudre River.

Fall colors by river

And yet another photo of colors on the mountains.

Autumn in Colorado

Finally I, Zeb the Duck, am back in the photo.

Zeb with aspen leaves and mountain

These beautiful leaves are duck yellow.   The green and red add variety and I love the mountain shape here also.   I told mom we had enough photos of aspen turning gold, but around every curve in the road, we had to stop to take another photo.

Autumn in Poudre Canyon

So much beauty here.   Coming out of the mountains, we enter North Park.

North Park

A valley between two mountain ranges.   Remember last time I told you we have North Park, Middle Park, and the famous South Park.   Here is the town of Walden, Colorado.

Walden, Colorado. Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado

Walden is the Moose Viewing Capital of Colorado.    Northern Colorado is not overly populated and the roads are not crowded.   We thought we may see moose, but this is the only moose sighting today.

Our only moose sighting today

As we left town, about an hour later we saw antelope and later a deer.   Moose must come out closer to sunset.   Maybe next time we will see moose.   But it was a beautiful drive.   We hope you are enjoying fall colors in your area.

Zeb the Duck Finds Gold on the Mountains

It is autumn in Colorado.   Let’s go looking for gold on the Rocky Mountains.

Kenosha Pass

I found some.   The aspen trees that cover our mountains on Kenosha Pass.

Kenosha Pass

While I cannot spend this gold, the beauty makes me smile and appreciate Colorado.   Just over the Continental Divide, we stop, turn around, and capture one more photo.

Crossing the Continental Divide and looking back

We love our golden aspen trees.   Over the pass is South Park.

South Park

Yes, this is really called South Park.   And for you fans of The Simpsons TV show, the writers were referring to this area.   In Colorado, between two mountain ranges running north and south, we have North Park, Middle Park and South Park.    The aspens here, at lower elevation, are also turning.

Colors of South Park

Isn’t this a beautiful time of year?   Continuing through South Park, we arrive in the town of Fairplay.

Street in Fairplay, Colorado

This town is almost two miles high.   Denver is one mile high.   This historic courthouse was placed on the Historic Register in 1974.  At that time, this was Colorado’s oldest working courthouse.

Historic courthouse in Fairplay, Colorado.  Zeb the Duck on the gazebo railing.

A new, larger courthouse is now used in Fairplay.   This gazebo is a great place for a picnic or a snack.   This is Colorado, so we need a moose.

It’s Fairplay. Here is a moose

I didn’t find the walking, breathing moose here, but this statue is nice.

View from back of a Fairplay, CO bank

Beautiful autumn leaves viewed from behind a Fairplay bank.    Returning home, we took the same road.   At Kenosha Pass we admired this lake.

Tranquil lake at Kenosha Pass

And the two moose that were having a drink.   Unfortunately a tourist ran toward the moose from a trail, to get a better photo, but the moose apparently felt threatened and ran.

Frightened moose

This is a not too good photo of a retreating moose.   We are following the North Fork of the South Platte River.

North Fork the South Platte River

We love rivers and the sound of moving water.   In Bailey, Colorado, we visited the Coney Island Boardwalk.

Coney Island Boardwalk hot dog stand in Bailey, Colorado

This hot dog appears to be adobe, serves hot dogs, and has the perfect location.   There is a seating area near the “hot dog”, and we loved the mountain scenery behind this seating area.

Behind Coney Island Boadwalk seating

We like this area, but did not eat there today.   It was a sunny, warm day so we sat at a picnic table next to the river.

Beautiful place to eat

This hot dog has beer mustard.   Not really sure what that is, but the mustard has spots in it.  Of course, mom added ketchup.   We enjoyed our lunch and the break sitting by the river.   We hope you are enjoying the changing colors near you.

Alaska: At home and beginning The Quest

Last time we saw photos of Eider, my Alaska duck cousin and my human cousin at Chatanika Lodge in Alaska.  Today we have photos of Eider at home in North Pole, Alaska.  I think there is a gas grill under there.

No cooking outside today

No cooking outside today

Eider, that is quite a snow hat on the tree behind you.

Snow hat on tree behind Eider

Snow hat on tree behind Eider

Eider’s dad shoveled snow so the people could deliver propane-heating oil to their house.

Clear a path so heating oil can be deliver

Clear a path so heating oil can be delivered

Eider is sitting on a snow bank.  Cold duck feathers!!

Snow, snow, snow

Snow, snow, snow

Somebody or something is looking in the window at Eider.

He is watching you!

He is watching you!

Wow!  Eider has a moose in the back yard.  Now the moose is enjoying a snack in Eider’s yard.

A moose has to eat

A moose has to eat

In Alaska there are many dog racing teams.  Many people have heard about the Iditarod dog sled race.   There is a second famous dog race.  Eider and dad went to the beginning of the Quest dog race.  They sent these pictures to me and I want to share them with you.

Starting the Quest

Starting the Quest

The dogs wear boots to protect their feet.  The orange boots are easy to see.

At the beginning of the Quest.

Ready to race

The Quest begins

Allen Moore.  This team won the Quest

Ready to run

Ready to run

This race began in Fairbanks, Alaska and ended in Whitehorse.  Whitehorse is in the Yukon Territory of Canada.  This is a 1,000 mile international sled dog race.  Next year the race will begin in Whitehorse and end in Fairbanks.

We love getting pictures from Eider.  Many of the activities in Eider’s life and in Alaska are very different from our life and interesting to us.

Can we have a moose?

Can we have a moose?