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gators & ufos

It's no secret that I love weirdness, and on the high plains along the road from Buena Vista to Santa Fe, there's plenty of it.  We're talking abandoned train stations, a shining castle fashioned entirely out of beer cans and scrap metal, and Earthship homes that are made out of piles of tires and look like dirt-encrusted bubbles.  A few weeks ago, Zach and I decided to take a road trip to visit two of these amazingly random roadside attractions: the Colorado Gator Farm and the UFO watchtower.  It was the best day ever.

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400 alligators live here - it started out as a tilapia farm, and the gators were eventually brought in as rescue animals and to help dispose of the dead fish.  This place blew my mind - the owners were very kind and the handmade facility was a nice break from the  commercialized sterility of a lot of zoos these days.  I seriously could have stuck my hand into an alligator's mouth through the fence if I wanted.  I didn't do that, but I did find out that they have GATOR. WRESTLING. CLASSES.  I will most definitely be back.

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All these handpainted signs were cracking me up:

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Oh yes, I forgot to mention that they also have a biodome.  I got really excited about this and spent the next week or so trying to figure out how to build a biodome of my own to live in.  No, seriously - for several days I was totally convinced that living in a large greenhouse would be the answer to all of my problems.  Still trying to talk Zach into that one...

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Then, on to the UFO watchtower.  I know this is the first question on your mind, so I'll just go ahead and answer it:  YES, they do weddings!

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There's a rock garden full of objects that visitors  leave  behind as a "token of their energy".  Also... something about vortexes?  I forget.

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I was especially intrigued by the Denny's nametag.  I mean, what happened to Dustin?  Did he get fired that day?  Was he abducted?  Did he have some sort of vortex-related epiphany that inspired him to suddenly quit his job and travel the world?  I need to know these things.

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I giddily left a stack of business cards there and made the UFO guy PROMISE TO CALL ME if someone books a wedding  in the near future.  I'm pretty sure that if you were to get married here, you would have to do the ceremony in a metallic gold spandex mini-dress or something.  While wearing gas masks.

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thanksgiving (colorado lifestyle photographer)

Thanksgiving is always amazing at my parents' house.  Not only is my mom an amazing cook, but she's a little Martha Stewart clone too - you know, minus the jail time :)  Seriously, everything always looks as amazing as it tastes.  I missed my sister this year (who's living out of state in a tent) but we were joined by my grandpa.  He and I made the mashed potatoes together this year, despite my notoriously terrible cooking.  At one point he asked me with mock seriousness, "So... do you think you can handle boiling the water?"  Hehe... thanks, Grandpa :)I come from a family of orange ranchers, and I think just the sight and smell of oranges makes us all happy - even the little Colorado ones :)

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colorado lifestyle photographer, colorado editorial photographer

Good call on the rosehips, madre:

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colorado lifestyle photographer, colorado editorial photographer

I think I ate all of this cheese.  No, but, for real.

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I love my family!  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

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