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By Gayla Scrivener
Stopping at the little town of Nederland is well worth it. Nestled on Highway 72 on a lovely drive through the mountains, south of Estes Park and west of Boulder, Nederland is a quirky little town with a lot of character. Established in 1885 as a trading post, the dirt streets and downtown shops take you back in time. There is a railroad car from Buffalo Bill’s show that is now a little ice cream shop. It is well worth it to take a leisurely stroll or bike ride on their trail along side the river that runs through town and leads to Barker Meadow Reservoir. Be sure to go to the Visitor’s Center and learned all about Frozen Dead Guy Days.
Apparently, back in the late 1980s a Norwegian man had his grandfather (who died of natural causes) sent to California to a cryonics facility to be preserved until he could be revived. In the 1990s, he had his grandfather moved to his eccentric house in Nederland to be kept frozen in his shed. Due to visa issues, the man had to return to Norway, leaving his mother and frozen grandfather behind. His mother reached out the community to help her with her father’s remains. As you can imagine, that provoked quite a reaction, and the little town of 1,500 got a ton of publicity over the oddity. It seems that a local man was hired by the family to keep the grandfather on ice. It takes about 1,600 pounds of dry ice a month to keep the guy frozen.
This little community decided in 2001 to start its own off-beat festival, which is called Frozen Dead Guy Days. The event draws up to 15,000 people, who participate in activities like coffin races, frozen turkey bowling, and a hearse parade.
Gayla Scrivener and her husband Robert are full-time RVers. Gayla is a business consultant and virtual assistant, while Robert is a musician and photographer.
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