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Carousel of Happiness – Nederland, Colorado
Do you remember the childhood joys of riding around a carousel? The music, the cute animals, the wads of cotton candy stuck to your face. Maybe that was just me?!
While taking a roadtrip through the Colorado Rockies, I had a chance to take a detour in Nederland, Colorado; home of the Carousel of Happiness.
The Carousel has graced Nederland with it’s presence for nearly 4 years. According to the attractions website, the carousel was carved by Charles I.D. Looff in 1910. In 1986, a resident of Nederland purchased it’s frame and spent 26 years hand-carving new animals to give it a new life.
Happiness in Small Things
My ride on the Carousel of Happiness was… well… happy! It’s hard to have a care in the world when you’re riding on the back of a wooden ostrich.
Nederland is a small town, much like the one I grew up in. From the moment I entered the city limits I felt the spirit of community and pride. The carousel operates as a non-profit and rides are only $1, although visitors may leave an additional donation to help bring joy and art to the community.
In world where most of us are scrambling here and there and constantly stressed, it’s nice to be reminded of the beauty in the simple things in life. An old frame that some would have discarded and considered to be of no use was re-purposed to bring happiness to an entire community and those who pass through it.
When’s the last time you felt like a kid and got a reminder of the happiness in simple things in life? Tell me in the comments below.