Beware of alligators – and surprise, unscheduled posts!

Sometimes, you just have to get out and go for a drive, especially on lovely days. Today is a lovely day and Gabe had never been to Cripple Creek so I grabbed $25 and we hit the road.
The scenery was breathtaking, as always; it’s why I love the drive.


And sometimes on these kinds of spontaneous adventures, you see odd things, things you don’t expect to see. Ok, to be fair, I expected to see them but since Gabe’s never been down this way, he didn’t and we had to pull over and take a look.


I think that’s supposed to be Bigfoot. I am not kidding.


Worry not! The Flintstones are alive and well in Colorado. They look a bit odd, but, c’mon – give ’em some credit. They’re really old.


RAAWWWRRR! I HAVE REALLY SKINNY ARMS! RAAWWRRR!!! — oh yeah? that’s nuthin’. look at my terribly thin neck. I’m amazed it can hold my head up. oh, and raahhr.

But even I was surprised and saw something I did not expect to see:


Terribly grinny mountain gator. Extremely rare. Proceed with caution. Do not touch, do not feed, do not undo the wire that secures it to the fence.

We made it to Cripple Creek, took Daisy May for a walk in the cemetery, had a picnic at the overlook, spent some time at the Heritage Center (pictures are on another camera) and then went into town. We walked up and down the main drag, found candy store and bought candy cigarettes!!! And real Coke with sugar in it. And root beer. And truffles. It was fantastic.
We’re currently sitting in the Double Eagle Hotel & Casino, having won about $7.00, sucking up their free Wi Fi. It’s AWESOME, even if we had to be attacked by a ‘gator to get here.

Just by the by, why do casinos all have crazy carpet?



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6 responses to “Beware of alligators – and surprise, unscheduled posts!

  1. According to my ex-husband, a longtime gambler, the carpets are like that so they don’t show stains.And you’ll note that there are NO clocks in casinos, and it’s hard to see out of the windows, so you lose track of time completely.

    • I knew about the clocks and the windows – most games face away from the windows or the windows are blocked by giant machines, as well – and it makes sense about the carpet, but…office carpet is also supposed to be stain-concealing and it’s just a bunch of colored patches that aren’t in bright shades of orange or red or blue, etc.
      I think the carpets are like that so that drunken gamblers don’t look down for fear of vomiting/passing out and if they can’t look down, they can’t leave their table or machine to find their way back to their room/car/another den. It’s all evil trickery.
      I probably should have gone into the casino business. I think I’d be good at evil trickery.

  2. I love creepy smiling gators! I actually have (and this is a shocker, I’ll bet) a baby alligator’s head on my dresser. It holds a giant jewel that changes from blue to purpley-pink depending on the light. It sits next to the pill-box with my Fairy God-Monkey.

    I need to go to Bedrock. That is insanely awesome and creepy and I love it twice! ❤

    • I am toh-tah-lee surprised to hear you have a baby alligator head on your dresser. While I am afraid to own alligator parts – comes from living in the mountains and far away from ‘gators – I think even I would enjoy having a ‘gator head with a mouth full of sparkles.
      Also, I like that you have a fairy godmonkey. That just makes SO much more sense.

  3. paisleyglen

    That is *precisely* what those dinosaurs were saying. I wonder what the Flintstone’s secret of longevity is?

    • I suspect the Flinstones’ secret is plaster. It’s just a guess, but probably pretty accurate.

      And, yes, I’m really good at deconstructing interpretive dinosaur statuing. Thank you for noticing.

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