Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship with Colorado Traveling Ducks

Meeker, Colorado in located in the northwest part of our state of Colorado.

Meeker, Colorado

Sheep are raised in this area, along with other livestock and crops.   Each September, Meeker hosts sheepdog championship trials.   Most of the sheep dogs are border collies and these dogs are smart and work very hard to herd the sheep to the proper fields and areas.   Let’s see how this works.

Meeker Classic Sheepdog Championship Trials

A small amount of bleachers are available, but spectators are encouraged to bring folding chairs.   We did.   From the seating area, 5 sheep are trucked 550 yards (503 meters) down the field.

Starting for sheep and dogs.

The sheep are here.   Two men on horses are also there.    On command from the owner, and contestant, the dog runs down the field to begin bringing the five sheep back to the owner.   In the above photo, the black spot behind and to the right of the sheep, is the border collie, or sheep dog.  The dog herds the five sheep down the field, toward the owner and spectators, through the first blue gates.

Through the first gate.

Not done yet, the sheep are herded further toward the humans.

Here come the sheep

Now the sheep are being taken near the dog’s owner, and closer to us.

Sheep getting closer to us

I really like seeing these sheep.   The sheep go around the human dog owner, and then through two more gates.

Herd sheep to pen

Now, the sheep are herded to a pen, and they are finished.   Another dog, an event staff dog, takes over and takes the sheep out of the field.   The sheep are finished for the week.   This competition last almost a week.   The preliminary runs are Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.   At least 40 dogs compete each of those days.   On Saturday the best performing dogs compete in the semi finals.   Sunday is the top race with 12 dogs competing for the championship.   During the preliminary runs, 875 sheep are used.   Another 500 sheep will be used for Saturday and Sunday’s competition.   After each dog run, more sheep are trucked to the beginning point.   After watching several dogs and sheep, we wandered among the venders.   We met this nice lady with two retired sheep dogs.

Retired sheep dogs

We love the dogs. The nice lady was walking these retired dogs and her husband was competing with their working dogs.

Aren’t these dogs wonderful?

Before we ducks joined our human family, mom had a black and white border collie that looked just like this one.  We liked these sheep.

Retired sheep. Cover to protect them from our high altitude intense sun

They were resting now, the cover over their pen protects them from the intense high altitude sun.   But, back to the venders.

We love the venders

So many choices.   Today mom just wanted lemonade.

Lemonade. We saw it being made.

We watched the lady cut and squeeze the lemons.   Then she added strawberry puree.   We even found small pieces of strawberries in our lemonade.

Funnel cake Yum!

Another favorite, a funnel cake.   When we left for the day, the parking lot had enough, but not too many cars.

Nice crowd, but not too crowded.

We were there on Wednesday.   We really didn’t want to be there for the championships and all the larger crowds.   We were trying to learn about the sheepdog event.   The owner uses a whistle to give the dog commands.   We liked that the sheep were only herded one time during this competition.

Aren’t these sheep fun to watch?

This was interesting, and maybe next time we will go for the championships.

Zeb and Eider Duck Explore Western Tasmania

Zeb and Eider Duck, with humans, leave Burnie, Tasmania for a long drive.   We want to see the western part of Tasmania, but we have to return our car tonight, in Hobart.   It is pretty cold today.   The valleys have fog.

Cold, foggy morning leaving Burnie Tasmania

Cold, foggy morning leaving Burnie Tasmania

We stopped to admire this waterfall,

Such a pretty waterfall

Such a pretty waterfall

near Roseberry.   We like the rainforest.

It is wet in this rainforest and seems mysterious

It is wet in this rainforest and seems mysterious

We are now in a mining area of Tasmania.

Gold, silver and copper were mined near here

Gold, silver and copper were mined near here

This is Queenstown.

Love this sign

Love this sign, especially the O in Queenstown

In the late 1800s gold, silver and copper were mined here.

Queenstown is a nice little town

Queenstown is a nice little town

We stopped at this lookout.

Lookout place for humans and ducks

Lookout place for humans and ducks

We looked down into the mining area.

Mining pits are now lakes

Mining pits are now lakes

Looking ahead we see fresh snow on the mountain.    Mom is going to put us in the snow.

Fresh snow at the East West Divide.   It is cold, mom

Fresh snow at the East West Divide. It is cold, mom

We stopped at the East West Divide.   The snow has just about stopped.   Coming out of the mountains, we really like this green, hilly landscape.

So pretty

So pretty

So much change in the land in so few miles.   We still see flocks of sheep, but we also see many herds of cattle.   We really like Tasmania.   The scenery is breathtaking and the people are very friendly and helpful.   This is an island for hiking, camping and enjoying the outdoor lifestyle.   However, we want to caution you that the roads are rather narrow with so many curves.

Most of the roads we found were rather narrow and had many curves.   Beautiful but be careful!

Most of the roads we found were rather narrow and had many curves.   Beautiful but be careful!

If you have a camper you may find driving difficult, so please be careful.   This is our last day in Tasmania.

Typical road

Typical road

We will miss it, but we are eager to explore other parts of Australia.

East Coast Road Tasmania with Zeb and Eider

Zeb and Eider Duck and the humans are driving in Tasmania.   Leaving the Hobart area, we head north to the East Coast Road    We stop at the Prosser River at a boat launching place.

We could launch a boat here

We could launch a boat here

We see no other humans.  It is so peaceful and beautiful.    Look at this clear water.

Look at these shells

Look at these shells

We can see these shells so clearly.   And, none of these shells seem to be broken.   Aren’t they beautiful?   We stopped in Orford for breakfast.

Ready for breakfast

Ready for breakfast

Orford is a nice town on the Prosser Bay and River.

Town of Orford

Town of Orford

Look at this picnic area on the Prosser Bay.   We love the water.

We like the beach at Orford

We like the beach at Orford

We ducks are sitting on a gas grill.

This is for all to us

This is for all to us

This is available for picnics.    Zeb and Eider are not the only birds that like this grill.

Company of our kind on the gas grill.

Company of our kind on the gas grill.

Further up the coast, we see Mayfield Bay.

We like Mayfield Bay

We like Mayfield Bay

As we travel near the east coast of Tasmania, we saw several vineyards.   This is winter in Tasmania, so the vines are cut back.

Vines cut back for winter

Vines cut back for winter

There were several wineries we passed that were open for tours and tasting.   We did not stop.  The humans were more interested in the water views.   Just north of Swansea, we drove to the end of the Nine Mile Beach Road to another boat launch at Bagot Point Coastal Reserve.

Driving on that road brought us here

Driving on that road brought us here

This was looking back at the road that guided us here.   We saw stormy skies here.

Stormy skies but no rain today

Stormy skies but no rain today

These rocks are our color.

Yellow ducks on yellow rocks

Yellow ducks on yellow rocks

Just a couple yellow rocks among the regular rock colored ones.    Driving in Tasmania, we saw so many sheep.   Many more than sheep than people.

We love the sheep

We love the sheep

We are fascinated with these sheep.   Different sizes, some recently sheared, some with heavier coats.   We love them all.     This is 4 Mile Creek, north of St. Marys.

We liked 4 Mile Creek

We liked 4 Mile Creek

This white sand is beautiful.   Today we wanted you to see a little of the landscape in eastern Tasmania.   We think Tasmania is beautiful.