We had us a bit of a feral adventure weekend! Now, I'm back, all showered and sweet-smelling and faced with a mountain of laundry.
We high-tailed it out yesterday morning for the wilds of Alamosa, CO to go visit the alligators. It's a talapia farm where the alligators are employed to.. erm .. clean up the waste.
There are a LOT of alligators there. I'm thankful for fences!
There were other cuddly things too!
|Holy purse material, Batman!|
We camped nearby at a campground that is more-or-less the parking lot of a swimming pool. The pool is fed from a geothermal well and the water is quite hot year round. It's not exactly "refreshing", but it was a nice activity after a day with the gators.
The camping area was very comfy with frog/fish/duck ponds all around. We were lulled to sleep by the sounds of the bullfrog orchestra.
We turned in early so as to be up with the stars to go on our next adventure: The Great Sand Dunes. This was our first family trip there, and actually my first time there. Magnum has given me flack for never having been to this Colorado attaction, so THERE. Check it off the bucket list!
We were up with the stars and got to the sand early. That was definitely the right choice this time of year. For one, the sand gets really hot later in the day. Plus, it gets pretty crowded. When we set out, the temperatures were in the 50's and there were only two other groups that we could see.
The kids took off...
|starting to feel like an ant|
What a blast! Of course they made it their mission to get to the highest dune. The dunes stretch for miles, and depth perception is deceiving. As soon as we'd get atop one dune, we'd see another taller one yet to be conquered.
|How do I always end up carrying all the crap?|
|Wolfgang going all native|
I've never seen so much sand since that time in the Sahara! And since I've never really been to the Sahara, I've never seen so much sand!
We finally got to a point where we decided we should probably turn around. I think the kids would've just kept on going, though, because they (1) were having such a good time, and (2) are stupid that way.
We were barefoot the whole time, but the sand started to get really hot on the way back and all of us except for Chaco wimped out and put the shoes back on.
So good times! Five thumbs up for the gators and dunes!