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Before the holidays kicked off, Ducky and the gang went on a family vacation to the Lake District in Northern England.  They went on several boat rides, hiked lots of trails, and even rode some old fashioned choo-choo trains. Each had their own favorite moment.

Ducky’s favorite part was when we got caught in a “lamb jam” (traffic jam caused by grazing sheep), when driving on old country roads. They got several good laughs as humans tried to shoo the sheep off the road.

Pembleton’s favorite part was hiking around Lake Derwentwater. He cataloged different plants and animals he spotted along the hike in his science journal.

Ted’s favorite part was the bird show at Muncaster Castle. He liked seeing the hawks soaring in the sky and swooping over the crowd.

Blizzard’s favorite part was eating lots and lots of sticky toffee pudding! It is his favorite dessert in all of England, especially when topped with ice cream.

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Hello from the Lake District!

3 of Ducky's favorite parts of Thanksgiving: 1. Pie, 2. Full Belly, 3. A nap!

3 of Ducky’s favorite parts of Thanksgiving: 1. Pie, 2. Full Belly, 3. A nap!

Ducky and the gang are thankful for so many things this year! Here are few they would like to share:

  • Family and friends
  • Sharing laughs
  • Pumpkin pie
  • Space camp
  • The new Avengers trailer
  • Christmas is almost here!

Check out the Ducky Thanksgiving Story:

https://duckyadventures.com/2013/11/25/duckys-thanksgiving/

Ducky and Ted decided to go squirrel spotting while visiting relatives in the United States. Ducky hadn’t realized Ted had never seen a squirrel in person, because there are no squirrels in Israel. They had so much fun, luring in squirrels with peanut butter crackers and some acorns.

"Be very, very quiet."

“Be very, very quiet.”

Pembleton woke everyone up early this morning and said, “We’re going on a hike.” Pembleton had already packed their backpacks with sandwiches, water, a map, and a compass. They spent the whole day going up hills, going down hills, over fields, and under thick forests. What a fun way to spend the day!

"Are we there yet?" -Ducky

“Are we there yet?” -Ducky

Today, Ducky and the gang had a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Pizza (TMNT) Party. Wow! It was awesome! There was pizza and they dressed up like their favorite Ninja Turtles. Ducky originally wanted to have the party in the sewers, but luckily, Pembleton talked him out of it.

"Michalangelo is a party dude!" -Ducky

“Michelangelo is a party dude!” -Ducky

Ducky has a lot of friends.So many friends that it can be hard to keep track of all of them. In Ducky’s character profiles, we will be introducing some old and new friends, as well as, fun facts about them. We hope you enjoy.

Mr. & Mrs. Lamb

Mr. & Mrs. Lamb

 

Name: Rudolph & Gretchen Lamb

From: Bavaria, Germany

Profession: Handy Man & Nanny

Relation to Ducky: Mr. & Mrs. Lamb help to take care of Ducky and the gang. When they are not getting Ducky out of trouble, they are trying to keep him out of trouble. On their day’s off, they like to relax next to a refreshing mountain lake. Occasionally Mr. Lamb will hike to the top of the mountain to pick edelweiss for Mrs. Lamb.

Favorite Food: Pretzels and Sauerkraut

Fun Fact: Mr. & Mrs. Lamb love to watch the panda cam at the National Zoo. They are often involved in fundraising events to support the Smithsonian.

Recently we had a new addition to our human family, a new niece/cousin, Miss Savannah Marie. Ducky and the gang were so excited to see pictures of the new baby. This got them thinking- Where they ever babies? This question made the humans laugh. After they were done laughing, they got out their photo album and showed them several baby pictures of Ducky and Pembleton when they were just lil’ guys. This was their favorite photo:

"Goo-goo, ga-ga!"

“Goo-goo, ga-ga!”

Sorry it took us so long to update.The humans won’t quit traveling. All they do is work, work, work, and travel, travel, travel! We are finally back and ready for more ADVENTURES!

"I hope I'm not over the limit!"

“I hope I’m not over the limit!”

“Ladies and Gentlemen! I give you the Grubby Lil’ Paws!”

That’s what the announcer said when he introduced Ducky’s new band at a local music festival. Ducky is the singer, Banjo Bear plucks the banjo, Rusty the raccoon plays the jugs, Franky the elephant toots the harmonica, and Stink the skunk is always up for a DRUM SOLO! The performance went so well, they had to play an encore of “Empty Cookie Jar Blues”.

"I got the empty cookie jar blues!"

“I got the empty cookie jar blues!”

Pembletons Lab 10 Pineapple

Pineapples

Pineapple is one of Pembleton’s (and Ducky’s) favorite fruits. Pineapples are juicy and delicious, but recently when Pembleton was eating some pineapple he wondered about where they came from. With a little research he discovered many interesting things. For example, pineapples are originally from the American tropics, however they are now grown in Asia and Africa. Also, pineapples are a great source of Vitamin C, but they also contain chemicals that make it difficult to use them in Jello.

KEEP BEING CURIOUS!

 

This morning, Ducky and the gang remembered the men and women who served in the US armed forces by visiting a Memorial Day parade.

After the parade, they went to a park. Ducky and the Lil’ Guys threw a football back and forth, while Pembleton roasted some corn on the cob. After lunch, Pembleton taught everyone how to do somersaults on the grass. It was a good day!

"Go loooong!"

“Go loooong!”

 

Last week Uncle Critter came for a visit. He taught Ducky how to make brownies from scratch. Mmmm…brownies! The best part was licking the spoons and eating the brownies straight out of the oven with a scoop of ice cream.
Ducky is looking forward to Uncle Critter’s next visit.
Mmmm.... I just love brownies.

Mmmm…. I just love brownies.

Thank you all for following/liking us on our last adventure: The Quest for Xanadu! We really enjoyed making it and reading your comments. You all are amazing fans. 

That evening, the dinosaurs held a special celebration for Ducky and the gang. A feast was prepared with lots of desserts. A band played the jugs all night, while everyone danced and played games. Then when night fell, the dinosaurs, along with Ted and Blizzards help make fire dance in the sky with paper lanterns. They watched the lanterns float in higher and higher, late into the night.

In the morning, Ducky and the gang didn’t want to leave Xanadu, they had to get back home. Abigail and her father were safe, and Professor Plumbottom was captured. This adventure had come to an end, but they knew in their hearts there would be more adventures to come.

The End.

Look at all the pretty lanterns.

Look at all the pretty lanterns.

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"Don't let them get away!"

“Don’t let them get away!”

Once freed from the ropes, Ducky and Pembleton quickly ran to where the dinos were being held captive.

“Hurry, we have to catch Professor Plumbottom and the Cat Pirates. We can’t let them take Xanadu!” Pembleton shouted.

“Don’t worry, Pembleton. I won’t let them get away!” Ducky said as he mounted his dino buddy. “We will stop him.”

Ducky and his dino buddy charged down the pier. Ducky shouted, “Tally Ho!” as they jumped off the pier and into the water.

The Cat Pirates were already in their hot air balloon. Captain One Mitten, always ready for the escape. But the Professor, who was old and portly, struggled to get in to the balloon as it slowly drifted away.

“Not so fast, Professor. You’re not going anywhere!” Ducky said as his dino buddy grabbed his robe.

“Help Captain One Mitten,” the Professor cried.

“Sorry, but I need to live to tell another tale,” he said as he pried his fingers off the basket. “Till we meet again Ducky,” the Captain said slyly as he floated off.

“Next time,” Ducky replied unhappily as the Cat Pirates once again got away.

To Be Continued…

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Once Professor Plumbottom left, Ducky and Pembleton were all alone.

“I can’t believe Professor Plumbottom is so wicked! This explains why he vetoed my request at the AAS meeting. We have to stop him, but what are we going to do?” Pembleton griped.

“At least we’re together,” Ducky chimed in. “Maybe we can sing a song while we’re brainstorming.”

The thought of Ducky’s singing made Pembleton sour. “Let’s just figure out how to get out of these ropes.”

“Um… Pembleton?”

“What, Ducky?!”

“I think I’ve figured out how we can get out of these ropes.”

“HOW?”

“Ted and Blizzard are coming this way with a dino-sized pair of scissors.”

To Be continued…

Don't worry Pembleton, I have a feeling everything is going to be okay!

Don’t worry Pembleton, I have a feeling everything is going to be okay!

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Ducky and Pembleton were tied up. Professor Plumbottom rubbed his grubby little paws together. “I first started hearing rumors about Xanadu years ago when the Animal Adventurer’s Society was first established, but nobody knew where it was. After years of research I narrowed down the location but there was still hundreds of miles of Himalayan mountains to search. So I hired Mr. Sloth to create a 3D scan of these mountains. Unfortunately, Mr. Sloth’s plane went down due to the strange magnetic field surrounding Xanadu.”

“Yeah, yeah, get to the point!” Ducky interrupted.

“The point is, Xanadu is gonna make me rich! Everything was going according to plan until Pembleton and his rag-tag team decided to stick there beaks where they don’t belong.”

“How is Xanadu going to make you rich?” Pembleton asked.

“I’m going to turn this place into a resort. It will be my own little Jurasic park. Animals will come from around the world to relax in the spas and get massages from T-Rexs. And the best part is I don’t have to build the village or even pay for the labor. I will force the dinos to work for free.”

“You’re evil”, Pembleton yelled. “When the Animal Adventurer’s Society hears about what you’ve done they won’t stand for it!”

“Who cares about the Animal Adventure’s Society. I have more pressing matters to attend to. Captain One Mitten, take the T-Rexs to their new cages.” Professor Plumbottom ordered and promptly left.

To Be Continued…

"I'll be RICH!"- Professor Plumbottom

“I’ll be RICH! And there is nothing you can do to stop me.”- Professor Plumbottom

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After enjoying a nice glass of lemonade, Ducky and Pembleton decided to get a massage too. They figured they might as well, since they weren’t in any rush and no one was in danger. “Man, those little T-Rex arms give an amazing massage,” Ducky sighed.

Then, half way through their massage, they heard a loud commotion. Suddenly, Professor Plumbottom, busted into the room and shouted, “Everybody get your hands up. No sudden moves. Even you T-Rexs. Oh, I didn’t see your little arms already in the air.”

“Hey! Don’t insult our friends,” Ducky replied, “And what are you doing here? Why are the Cat Pirates with you?”

 To be continued…

"Even you, T-Rexs! Oh, I didn't see your little arms."

“Even you, T-Rexs! Oh, I didn’t see your little arms.”

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“Aaahhh! Dinosaurs are extinct! How are you real?” Ducky asked.

“How are we real? How are YOU real? I’ve never seen a bird like creature with a bear growing out of it’s belly.” Said the orange lil’ dino.

“He isn’t growing out of my belly! Ted is in his special carrier.” Ducky said a little annoyed as sat up and unclipped Ted. Looking around he found Pembleton and Blizzard not too far off, staring frozen at the two lil’ dinos helping Ducky.

“Wow! This place is so cool!” Pembleton finally managed to say as he moved closer. He took in the snowy mountains surround the tropical paradise they just landed in. It was like nothing he ever imagined. “Where are we?”

“Don’t you know where we are?” Said the green lil dino, “This is Xanadu. You guys fell over the falls and we rescued you, like we did the other strange creatures who’s weird flying machine crashed a few days ago.”

“What? Are they okay?” Pembleton asked, and they shook their heads yes. “Where are they?”

“Hop on. I’ll take you,” said the orange lil’ dino. Then they were flying down the beach, and then a pier where a plane was crashed into the shallow water.

“There is the plane, and your friends are safe at our village spa. We will take you there next,” said the green lil’ dino.

To be continued…

Hold on!!!

Hold on!!!

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The last thing Ducky remembered was coasting down the icy cave river and then Pembleton shouting “WATERFALL”, which sounds like watermelon. Mmmm…watermelon. Wait! Where am I? Ducky thought.

He could feel the warm sun on his feathers, and sand in places it shouldn’t be. He could also hear Ted snoring next to him. When he peeked between his eyelids he saw something very strange. It looked like…it looked like two dinosaurs staring down at him? This must be a dream; he thought and decided to sleep a little longer.

But a few minutes later he felt something nudging his wing. That’s when he opened his eyes wider. To Ducky’s surprise there really were two dinosaurs!

To be continued…

What?!?!

What?!?!

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It took Ducky and Pembleton about 0.37 seconds after entering the Forbidden Caves to know why no one had ever returned.

“Whaaaaaaa….!” They were sliding completely out of control on a river of icy slush.

After a few seconds, Pembleton seemed to get the hang of things and Blizzard climbed on to his back. Ducky flailed his arms trying to keep Ted above the water; he eventually figured out how to ride the icy river rapids.

Just when Ducky was starting to enjoy the ride, he heard a loud roar from ahead. Over the noise Pembleton yelled something back to Ducky. It sounded a lot like … “WATERFALL!”

To Be Continued…

"Wwwhhhaaa, how do we slow down?"

“Wwwhhhaaa, how do we slow down?”

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“I can’t believe we made it all the way across that sketchy wooden bridge without any problems,” Ducky said as they reached the entrance to the Forbidden Caves. Ducky was in a better mood ever since the monks from the temple got him a cozy snow suit and harness so that ted could be strapped to the front. “Wow, there sure is a lot of junk up here for a place that’s supposed to be forbidden.”

“This isn’t ordinary junk,” Pembleton answered. “Look there’s a crate, a can of oil, and a parachute. It looks like someone was throwing stuff out of their plane to lighten the load.”

“But where is the plane now?” Blizzard asked.

“I don’t know, but we’re headed in the right direction.”

To be continued…

"Those caves look scary!"

“Those caves look scary!”

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Inside the Temple, Harry the snow hare gave Ducky a blanket and some warm food. After a couple of minutes he started to feel much better, and a lot warmer.

While at the temple, they began to discuss the search and rescue plan. Harry and his friend Tom the tortoise had heard some locals saw smoke rising from the west, next to the forbidden caves. They might have gone inside for shelter from the storm.

“Forbidden caves?” Ducky asked, “Why are they forbidden?”

“Legend has it that everyone who has gone in to them has never returned,” Tom replied.

“Legend or not, it’s our best lead, and we will come back.” Pembleton said with determination.

To be continued…

"Ahhh.... much better."

“Ahhh…. much better.”

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The gang got off at the last stop – a small Tibetan monastery on a high mountain peak. Pembleton knew some of the animals there and figured it was a good place to start investigating. But as the train pulled away, reality set in, and amidst all the snow and ice, Ducky had a meltdown.

“I’M SO C-C-COLD!” Ducky blubbered.

“Don’t worry Ducky, we will get you thawed out once we get inside,” Pembleton replied as he offered Ducky the last cookie.

“I hope your friends have some warm clothes for us, Ted and I can’t handle this cold weather as well as you and Blizzard!” Ducky said between sniffles.

“Let’s get inside. Harry the snow hare is waiting for us. He should have some gear for us.” Pembleton said, as they headed toward the monastery.

To Be Continued…

"I wish I had some hot cocoa!"

“I wish I had some hot cocoa!”

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Since there was no way to send Ted and Blizzard home, Ducky and Pembleton decided they would have to come with them on their adventure.

Traveling by train into the Himalayas, there wasn’t much to do. So Ducky and the gang decided to order snacks. The train’s menu had cake, rice pudding, and a Yak’s milk yogurt. Pembleton was feeling very tired and Ducky convinced him to order one of everything, but only Ducky tried the Yak yogurt.

From their cozy train cabin, they nibbled on their snacks and watched the green hills grow into snowy mountain peaks as they headed up and up and up into the Himalayas.

To be continued…

"Yummy! I love trains!"

“Yummy! I love trains!”

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Once on the train, Ducky and Pembleton found their reserved car. “I can’t believe we made it Ducky! That was a close one,” Pembleton said.

“Yeah. Close calls make me hungry. Can we eat now?” Ducky asked.

“Sure, but first can you get my topographical maps from our bag? We need to start going over the plans. We have a lot of ground to cover.”

“No problem Pembleton. Plus I want to check our luggage. There was something weird about it. When I got it out of the plane, but I didn’t have time to check, because we were rushing.”

When Ducky opened up the luggage he almost screamed like a little goat. “Pembleton! We have a problem!”

“What is it Ducky?” Pembleton asked as he peaked over his shoulder- seeing two little bear cubs taking a nap.  “WHAT!?!?! HOW DID THEY GET IN HERE AND WHERE IS OUR GEAR?!?!”

“Shhh!!! Don’t wake them. They are always so grumpy if they don’t get their afternoon nap!”

“Now we really need a plan.”

To be continued…

"What?!?! What are you doing here?"

“What?!?! What are you doing here?”

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