Ms. Ducky Goes to Grand Teton National Park

Here she is.   Still traveling in Wyoming, Ms. Ducky is entering Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton National Park

Grand Teton National Park

Heading toward Jackson Lake Lodge, a National Historic Landmark, she and her humans take in the beautiful mountain view.

Beautiful

Beautiful

Onward to Jackson Lake Dam and Reservoir.

Jackson LakeDam and Reservoir

Jackson Lake Dam and Reservoir

A great place.

Jackson Lake Dam and Reservoir

Jackson Lake Dam and Reservoir

The river cuts through the land.

River

River

These are absolutely beautiful photos, Ms. Ducky.

Wow

Wow

We love them.

Beautful

Beautiful

Breathtaking

Breathtaking

Wow

Wow

Beauty everywhere

Beauty everywhere

Driving through the Rocky Mountains, the humans and Ms. Ducky crossed the Continental Divide several times.

Crossing the Continental Divide

Crossing the Continental Divide

Wow, Ms. Ducky, Grand Teton National Park is a beautiful place.   Thanks for sharing these pictures.   It looks like you arrived back home in Colorado.   Your human US Marine, Joe, shows us Joe the Marine Duck.

Joe the US Marine with Joe the Marine Duck

Joe the US Marine with Joe the Marine Duck

This seems like a great family vacation.

Ms. Ducky Goes to Yellowstone National Park

Ms. Ducky, our friend, took a great vacation.   She and her humans went to Yellowstone National Park.

Yellowstone National Park with Ms. Ducky

Yellowstone National Park with Ms. Ducky

In 1872, Yellowstone became the world’s first national park.   Yellowstone has so much to see.   First Ms. Ducky took her humans to the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone.

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone

Beautiful.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

This is wonderful.

Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park

The river cuts through the rock.

Canyon

Canyon

The color of the canyon walls is caused by heat and chemical action on gray and brown rhyolite rock.  Oh, those waterfalls are perfect.

Canyon and waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park

Canyon and waterfalls in Yellowstone National Park

Ms. Ducky was happy to see this human.

Joe with Ms. Ducky

Joe with Ms. Ducky

This Joe.   He is a US Marine and she does not see him often.   Ms. Ducky had her humans ride this wagon.

Riding in wagon

Riding in wagon

Where are you going, Ms. Ducky?  The horse seems to like Ms. Ducky, too.

He brought us here

He brought us here

After the wagon ride, this dinner was served.

Ready to eat!

Ready to eat!

Makes me hungry.   Now we know where you were heading while on that wagon.   Great choice!  Thank you for sharing your photos, Ms. Ducky.   Yellowstone National Park is beautiful. Next time she will show us a different area of Yellowstone National Park.

Ms Ducky Visits Ireland

I, Zeb the Duck, was so excited to hear about Ms. Ducky’s trip to Ireland.   This is Ms. Ducky’s second trip to Europe this year.   I asked her to tell you about it and show you what she did.   I, Ms. Ducky, flew to London and then flew to Ireland.

Ready to fly from London to Ireland

Ready to fly from London to Ireland

When I arrived in Ireland, I took my humans to see this ancient church.

Ancient church in Ireland

Ancient church in Ireland

Later we toured Guiness.

Going on a tour of Guiness with mom

Going on a tour of Guiness with mom

Guinness produces alcohol, and of course, the Guiness Book of World Records.   Today we were more interested in alcohol than books.   Let’s go inside.   This is a nice place.

Guiness. I like it here.

Guiness. I like it here.

Next we visited Belfast, Ireland.   Ireland has a troubled past.   The city of Belfast has 17 peace walls.

Peace Wall in Belfast, Ireland

Peace Wall in Belfast, Ireland

They were built to protect neighborhoods during times of trouble.   These walls are painted by the citizens.

Peace Wall

Peace Wall

My humans and I visited the Shankill side where we were encouraged to sign the wall.   As a peaceful duck, I eagerly added my signature.

Signing the Peace Wall

Signing the Peace Wall

Next I take my humans to Northern Ireland’s northeast coast.   This is Giant’s Causeway, an area of about 40,000 interlocking basalt columns, the result of an ancient volcanic eruption.   The tops of the columns form stepping stones that lead from the cliff foot and disappear under the sea.

Basalt columns make steps at Giant's Causeway

Basalt columns make steps at Giant’s Causeway

The tallest columns are about 12 meters (39 feet) high.   The solidified lava in the cliffs is 28 meters (92 feet) thick in places.

Tall columns at Giant's Causeway

Tall columns at Giant’s Causeway

Legend says that the columns are remains of a causeway build by a giant.   All this exploring makes a duck hungry and thirsty.   We enjoyed lunch at The Nook, here at the Giant’s Causeway.

The Nook refreshes after exploring

The Nook refreshes after exploring

Soon we returned to Dublin.   I, Ms. Ducky, am very smart, so I head for the Book of Kells at Trinity College Library.

Book of Kells Trinity College Library Dublin

Book of Kells Trinity College Library Dublin

Now I am inside the Long Hall in Trinity College.

Long Hall Trinity College Dublin

Long Hall Trinity College Dublin

What a great place.

Long Hall Trinity College

Long Hall Trinity College.   I like Harry Potter.

I sit at the feet of George Salmon, Provost 1888-1904.

George Salmon, Provost. Trinity College Dublin

George Salmon, Provost. Trinity College Dublin

George Salmon graduated from Trinity College Dublin.   He was a highly regarded mathematician, and also an Anglican Theologian.   He spent his entire career at Trinity College Dublin.   This is my new friend, Molly Malone.

Molly Malone, Dublin

Molly Malone, Dublin

The song “Molly Malone” was based on fictional tale of Molly, a fishmonger by day, and part time prostitute by night.   This statue of Molly was unveiled in 1988 on Grafton Street.   June 13 is Molly Malone Day.   The statue was relocated to Suffolk Street in front of he Tourist Information Office.   According to Wikipedia, Molly Malone is also portrayed as one of the few chaste female street hawkers of her day.   I certainly find very interesting friends when I travel, don’t I?   We visited and supported the Temple Bar Dublin.   It was really fun.   Of course, I made another new friend.

New friend from Temple Bar Dublin

New friend from Temple Bar Dublin

I really like Ireland.    Everyone was so nice, and a new friend came home with me.

Ms. Ducky and her Irish friend. They both live in Colorado now.

Ms. Ducky and her Irish friend.   They both live in Colorado now.

France with Ms. Ducky

From Monaco, Ms. Ducky heads to France.   She goes directly to the beach in Nice.

Beach at Nice, France

Beach at Nice, France

Very pretty, but a bit rocky.   Here she finds more new friends.

Always good to see so many ducky friends

Always good to see so many ducky friends

A huge box of friends.    Time for a different type of fun.

Carousel in France

Carousel in France

Everyone loves a carousel.   And I, Ms. Ducky, ride again.

Carousel in France

Carousel in France

That was so much fun.   But it did make me a little hungry.   I see exactly what I want for a French breakfast.

Ms. Ducky has breakfast

Ms. Ducky has breakfast

That does look delicious, Ms. Ducky.   Ms. Ducky and her humans, want to see the Palace of Versailles.

Palace of Versailles

Palace of Versailles

Let’s go inside!   This place is huge and beautiful.   So many doors with gold.

Inside Palace of Versailles

Inside Palace of Versailles

And look at this.

Inside Palace of Versailles

Inside Palace of Versailles

Mom, can we live in this palace?   OK, I really do love living in Colorado anyway.   Now to the Eiffel Tower.   I was there.   I did go to the top.   But it is so big, when taking a photo of the entire Eiffel Tower, you cannot see me.   Here I am, looking down.

Looking down from Eiffel Tower

Looking down from Eiffel Tower

This is scary.   Remember, I am a little duck.   I am on a strut that support the Eiffel Tower.

On struts of Eiffel Tower

On struts of Eiffel Tower

This is great.   Well, this little Ms. Ducky thinks it is time to rest.   But I am not finished in Europe, so keep reading our blog to see where I visit next.

Ms. Ducky Shows us Italy and Monaco

Ms. Ducky, our friend, continues traveling through Italy.

Ms. Ducky and Zeb

Ms. Ducky and Zeb

I, Ms. Ducky, decided to visit the Adriatic Sea and test the waters.   Here I am, on the beach.

Adriatic Sea

Adriatic Sea

Here is some really clear water.

Clear water

Clear water

I am on the Isle of Capri, now.

Isle of Capri

Isle of Capri

This a rocky island, but look at the view of the Mediterranean  Sea.

Isle of Capri. Very blue Mediterranean Sea

Isle of Capri. Very blue Mediterranean Sea

This water is so blue.   I love it.   The houses really are on the side of the cliffs here.

Isle of Capri. Homes built on cliffs

Isle of Capri. Homes built on cliffs

Look at this!

Leaning Tower of Pisa

Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa really is leaning.   And, it is not falling down.  Don’t you think I need something big?   And, of course, yellow to match me.   How about this for a shock.

Yellow submarine in Italy

Yellow submarine in Italy

A yellow submarine.    Now I, Ms. Ducky, am off to Monaco.   Here is the Royal Palace.

Monaco's Royal Palace

Monaco’s Royal Palace

Very nice place.   There are many beautiful fountains here.

Beautiful fountain

Beautiful fountain

The yachts of the rich and famous are very attractive.

Yachts in Monaco's harbor

Yachts in Monaco’s harbor

Monaco is a very pretty country.

Monaco

Monaco

No photos, but we did ride on the Grand Prix race track.   I am having a great time touring Europe.   And, I am not done yet.

Ms. Ducky Goes to Switzerland, Austria and Venice

Our friend, Ms. Ducky will tell us about her time in Switzerland today.   As you know Zeb, I, Ms. Duck, am very friendly.   Here I am with a new friend.

Ms. Ducky and friend

Ms. Ducky and friend

You will notice that we are near the beverage mugs.   These are some other new Swiss friends.

Swiss friends

Swiss friends

Aren’t they adorable?   I believe this white swan, swimming on Lake Lucerne want to visit with us for a while, but she was a little shy.

Swan on Lake Lucerne

Swan on Lake Lucerne

Nice bridge here in Lucerne, also.

Bridge in Lucerne

Bridge in Lucerne

Our tour bus took us to a farm in Switzerland.

Touring Switzerland

Touring Switzerland

This one is so cute.

So cute

So cute

We took a carriage ride here.

Ready for carriage ride

Ready for carriage ride

It was so much fun!   Later I made more friends.

Ms. Ducky and friend

Ms. Ducky and friend

Love her glasses.   This guy appears ready for anything.

Ms. Ducky and friend

Ms. Ducky and friend

Of course, European chocolates are also popular with ducks.

Mozart Duck and chocolate

Mozart Duck and chocolate

No trip to Europe would be complete without a visit to Swarovski.

So pretty here

So pretty here

Lots of pretty stuff here.   Europe has great shopping.   So many ornaments.

Friends and ornaments

Friends and ornaments

And chocolate.

Love chocolate

Love chocolate

And fountains.

Typical Europe

Typical Europe

And food.

Yum!

Yum!

Beautiful presentation of this meal.   The statues in Europe are very ornate and very old.   This one is great.

Old Statue

Old Statue

But not all statues are old and stone or marble.   I really like this big green rabbit.

Love the green rabbit

Love the green rabbit.   Another bright spot in Vienna

Adds great color to the city.   In Vienna, my friend and I felt so European, sitting here by the Danube River.

Danube River in Vienna

Danube River in Vienna

I loved the canals of Venice.

Canal in Venice

Canal in Venice

And the gondola. . .This man can help us float through Venice.

Gondola in Venice

Gondola in Venice

Just perfect.  I really like these water taxis, also.

Water taxi in Venice

Water taxi in Venice

Remember, I live in Colorado and I love it, but we don’t have this much water.   Venice is wonderful.   Thanks, Ms. Ducky, for sharing this with The Colorado Traveling Ducks.

Ms. Ducky Goes to Europe

I, Zeb the Duck, want you to meet my friend, Ms. Ducky.

Ms. Ducky, our friend

Ms. Ducky, our friend

Her mom and my mom are friends, so Ms. Ducky and I, Zeb the Duck, are also friends.   Ms. Ducky and her humans flew to London, England and began sightseeing immediately.

Ms. Ducky taking in London

Ms. Ducky taking in London

She is seeing so many new and interesting things.   She visits the American Embassy and admires this statue.   She is sitting at the feet of General Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Statue of Pres. and Gen. Eisenhower in London

Statue of Pres. and Gen. Eisenhower in London

He was a very important American Army General during World War II, and later General Eisenhower was elected President of the United States, twice.   This is an exciting place at the London train station.  This is Platform 9  3/4.

Platform 9 3/4 for Harry Potter in London

Platform 9 3/4 for Harry Potter in London

Platform 9  3/4 is very important to Harry Potter.   While in London, Ms. Ducky and her humans visit many of the famous places.   They even saw the Royal Jewels.   Many places she loved but she told me it was difficult to get photos of places and Ms. Ducky.   So this is about Ms. Ducky, not just Europe.   Next she and her humans boarded the Eurostar Train heading for Brussels, Belgium.

Eurostar Train heading for Brussels

Eurostar Train heading for Brussels

The train ride was fun, but shortly after their arrival, Ms. Ducky’s mom fell.   And she fell hard.   They they rode in the ambulance, sirens blaring and paramedics helping her mom.

In Belgium's ambulance

In Belgium’s ambulance

It was very scary and also very exciting.   She sat on the stretcher after her mom was allowed to sit up.

Ms. Ducky in ambulance

Ms. Ducky in ambulance

This paramedic is her friend.

Ms. Ducky with paramedic

Ms. Ducky with paramedic

He helped her mom.   When they arrived at the hospital and after they said her mom could leave the hospital, Ms. Ducky relaxed for a moment on a bed in the emergency room.

Ms. Ducky in emergency room

Ms. Ducky in emergency room

They then went to Holland.   You know Holland–they are famous for tulips.

Ms. Ducky and Holland tulips

Ms. Ducky and Holland tulips

Beautiful tulips!   Here is Ms. Ducky touring the canals of Amsterdam.

Ms. Ducky touring canal

Ms. Ducky touring canal

Ms. Ducky is a very friendly duck.   Here she is with new friends, enjoying the canals in the evening.

Ms. Ducky and friends. Evening on canal in Amsterdam. Be careful there!

Ms. Ducky and friends. Evening on canal in Amsterdam. Be careful there!

Now Ms. Ducky and her friend from Holland are visiting Rhine Falls.

Ms. Ducky and friend at Rhine Falls

Ms. Ducky and friend at Rhine Falls

Wow!   Really beautiful.   Thanks for sharing with us, Ms. Ducky.   We look forward to more about your trip to Europe.