Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Carousel of Happiness

When Isaac told me last year that they'd all been on The Carousel of Happiness, I thought it was Lux's name for the carousel, because the name was so naive and childlike. I didn't guess that that's what it's really called.

We drove up the Boulder Creek Canyon road on Saturday into the foothills of the Rockies to a small town called Nederland. That's where the Carousel of Happiness is. The carousel is housed in a small building. There are no other fairground rides. All the wooden animals that you ride on were carved by one man, and it took him 26 years to do it. Lux always rides on the dolphin.

They play songs like Jeepers Creepers on a Wurlitzer, and you can't help singing along. The whole experience is a joy. Anyone faced with something called a Carousel of Happiness who decides to have a ride will be smiling when they get off. It's irresistible. It really does make you happy.  Anyone who pooh-poohs the idea, automatically rules themselves out. 

I'm just feeling cross with myself now that I haven't got pictures of the animals to show you.


Christine said...

Lovely photos - and it looks warm!

Sue Hepworth said...

Yes, we've had five straight days of sunshine. With snow "promised" for tomorrow.

Anonymous said...

Travelling with you in my alternative universe. Here is the link to the Carousel of Happiness website (isn't google useful) where you can see the animals - Brilliant! - what a fun thing to make your lifes' work

Looking forward to the next installment


Sue Hepworth said...

Thanks, Jen, when I am back at my laptop I will incorporate the link into the blog.