Near the Great Sand Dunes National Monument in Colorado, there is a gator farm. They have reptiles of all sorts. This guy knows how to relax.
The alligators are well-fed. The facility is also a fish farm, the water heated from hot springs on the property. Alligators make good garbage disposal units for fish farms.
It's also a tourist trap, including the ability to sit on some alligators under carefully controlled events. This is my niece, who is too young to understand how carefully controlled events can still go wrong.
In Southern Colorado are the Great Sand Dunes, a pile of sand far from any beach. It was created and is maintained by an interesting combination of the rockies, a break in the mountains, and a small creek.
I like the lines of this picture.
It's hard to consider just how large these dunes are.
But, large they are.
The obligatory "We were there" picture.