I, Zeb the Duck, and my friend, Chanel the Bear, took three humans to the mountains today. Chanel and I had a plan. It was cold in the morning and driving through Coal Creek Canyon we loved these frosted trees.
Isn’t it beautiful? Just like a post card. Shortly before our destination of Nederland, we turned and found the small town of Eldora.
And we mean small. Look at that population. Only 170 full time residents. Here is the Gold Miner Hotel.
We think it would be fun to spend a night here and explore this town. Look at that bright blue Colorado sky. We would wander along the river, look for moose, and appreciate the scenery. Maybe in the summer, said our moms.
Across the street from the hotel you can see that the old buildings are well maintained and still used. We love that. The road is parallel to the river, as usually happens. The river is frozen with a light cover of snow.
So peaceful and quiet here today. While we were driving, we were watching for moose. We have seen them here before. However, no moose for us today.
But this coyote was fun to see. Coyotes and humans don’t always get along in town, but here, in the mountains, we loved seeing this one wandering along. Driving further, we arrived in Nederland, just in time for lunch.
Nederland has several restaurants, but we returned to Pioneer Inn, a favorite.
We ordered three sandwiches; all were delicious and the portions were very generous. Yum! After eating, we wandered into another dining room, usually just needed in the evening.
We love fireplaces. Especially in rustic mountain restaurants. Maybe some evening? Next stop was a great “rock shop”.
The geodes, crystals, fossils and jewelry were beautiful. But none of the humans were shopping today, just looking. Next stop, the Carousel of Happiness.
This is the stop Chanel and I planned. We love this carousel. Here we are.
Riding an ostrich is great. Remember that we have been here before. There was a young Marine, Scott, that served in VietNam, received a music box from his sister. While the war was around him, the music box inspired him to create a Carousel of Happiness when he returned to the US. Scott choose the mountains near Nederland, Colorado as his home and also the home for his Carousel of Happiness. Scott learned to carve, purchased the necessary parts, and what you see here today, is the result. Scott had carved all the animals here. Now look at this one.
Zeb and Chanel are riding a kangaroo. This is not a normal carousel animal. This kangaroo has her baby, her joey, and is holding a globe of our world. If you look carefully, you will see that the globe is showing Australia, the home of the kangaroo. This place is so much fun. And the Carousel of Happiness is for everyone. The price of a ride is only $1.00. Now that is a bargain. And Scott is still carving. Here we are, on a tiger.
And this tiger is not even on the carousel. There are great carvings all over this building. Whenever we go to Nederland, we always stop for a ride on the Carousel of Happiness. We hope you will also. We love this place.