Tigers and Aliens and Beer, oh my!

Eschew the ordinary, disdain the commonplace. If you have a single-minded need for something, let it be the unusual, the esoteric, the bizarre, the unexpected. Chuck Jones

It would be easy to travel to this small town in Texas go to work, come home and sleep just to do it all over again the next day. In my opinion that would defeat a part of what this lifestyle means to us. We have worked some long hours and I have missed the first few weeks where I constantly felt like I was on vacation. That being said I try to balance rest and play during the time we do have.

On our way to work we pass the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary and I knew immediately I needed to check this place out. We waited for cooler day temperatures hoping for better animal visibility. We spent a little over 2 hours on our tour of the facility viewing lions, tiger, bears, lemurs and various other cats.
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We were also lucky enough to stumble across an odd attraction that once we heard about couldn’t miss checking out. In the booming town of Aurora, Texas there was an alleged UFO that crashed on April 17, 1897. The movie The Aurora Encounter was produced in 1986 and was based on the crash. One day I will bring myself to watch it, but that day of boredom has not ocucured yet. Unfortunately, the alien passed due to this crash but was buried in an unmarked grave in the local cemetery. Several years ago a marker mysteriously appeared but when we arrived it was no where to be found. We did manage to stumble across the grave of Loreta, the world’s talking bird.


Our first chance to visit to a brewery in Texas was Grapevine Craft Brewery. We weren’t disappointed and felt like we were back in Asheville, North Carolina. We had already tried their Lakefire rye IPA but got a chance to Have the Hopfest IPA and the dry hopped Lakefire.




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