What is it about a carousel that makes us giddy, giggly, and a-kid-again excited? The music? The lights? The brightly colored animals take flight to the calliope, soaring up and down, round and round, while we squeal and laugh and wave to the strangers as we sail by. For a moment, the forward motion of the merry-go-round carries me backward to girlhood, to carnivals and Coca-Cola glasses, 6 balls for a quarter, and lemon shake ups. And all is right with the world.
This is the newly unveiled carousel at The Living Desert zoo in Rancho Mirage, a magical place that may just be between the worlds. I sat astride the bejeweled zebra, and squealed and laughed and waved to the strangers as I passed by.