David E. Steiner

Retired USAF, Teacher, Dad, Grandfather, Curmudgeon

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There have been a great many changes in Tahosa Valley over the years but Edward A., my grandfather simply wouldn't have believed there would ever be an elevator within two miles of the homestead he bought in 1917. But here it is, at the new San Malo. And it's a real elevator, that goes up three floors. I took it the other day, to go have Sunday brunch at the new Bosetti's Restaurant on the second floor of the new building. (Monsignor Bosetti, you may remember, was the first prelate to head of the old Camp Saint Malo)

Everything at San Malo is new, including the name, which used to be Saint Malo, as you probably know. Bosetti's opened in October, and I had to wait until the middle of the Christmas snowstorm to get a reservation.

When we did get one we had dinner in solitary splendor with about a dozen people in a room which seats 300, surrounded by enough food for an army.

I'm not a food critic, so I'll just say that we'll prob¬ably go back fairly soon. We had an opportunity to look into the rooms, which rent at what are now considered reasonable rates, and while they haven't been decorated yet, they're pretty much what you would find in a good Holiday Inn and there are even a few suites with fire¬places.

Because the chapel has always been a place where people like to get married, I suspect San Malo will do a good business in the summer because it's now a place where one can honeymoon in style. There's talk of a swimming pool and the structure itself has the feel of an elegant lodge at a ski area, with a huge four sided fire¬place and tall ceilings in the common area.

I was also told they'll start building 150 rooms for a youth camp next summer.

If you've been here a long time and haven't seen the new San Malo you ought to go and gawk, at least and ride the elevator. And if you're new you can sympathize with us old folks who thought the end had come when the Estes Park Bank put an elevator in their new building back in the 70s. There's something a little strange about riding an elevator darned near in the trough of Mt. Meeker, but it just shows you that people have faith (to choose a word carefully) in the future of this place. I noticed, though, that faith has its limits; there's an elaborate sprinkler system at the new San Malo.




© 1985 – 2003, David E. Steiner

Allenspark Wind Columns:


Why Allenspark?

Going Riding [August, 1985]


Used Cars

Peace and Quiet [1986]

Liberals & Conservatives

Going to the Movies

The Screened Porch

The Beginning of The Season

The Weather

The Hilltop Guild Bazaar

The End of The Season

The Gift of Time

The Beavers

Addresses [1987]


Watching the Trees Grow

Postal Rates

Changes in Estes Park

Square Dancing at the Pow Wow

Back to the Hilltop Guild Bazaar

The Solstices

Bird Feeders


The Estes Park Hardware Store [1988]


Limousine Service

A Memorial Service

A Hummingbird


A Hiking Trip

The Estes Park Public Library

Wild Life

Riparian Rights [1989]




Mountain Friendliness

A Motorcycle Trip

Satellite Television

“Weaving Mountain Memories”

Hotel Rates in the Old Days

The Price of Propane [1990]

The Front Range Almanac


Modes of Transportation

Miller Moths

My 50th Column

Modern Conveniences

Rock Climbing

On the Death of Otto Walter, Postmaster

Otto’s Memorial Service

A Big Owl Pot-Luck Dinner

A Whine About Telephone Service [1991]

After the Persian Gulf War

Some Changes in the WIND

The Trip to the Mountains

The Mountains in the Summer


Of Dogs, Music, and Children

Muhlenburg County

To My Grandson

The Sale of Longs Peak Inn

World War II  [1992]

Murphy’s Law and the Computer

The South St. Vrain Canyon


The Hazards of Volunteering

Crime in Our Valley


On the Death of Charles Eagle Plume

Can We All Get Along?

A Partridge in a Pear Tree

Lost Horizon [1993]


Rumors About a Visit by the Pope


More About Fences


The Visit of Pope John Paul II

Forest Fires

The New Sewage System

The Snow Pool

The Good Old Days [1994]

The WIND’s 20th Anniversary

The Bunce School

The Shooting Gallery

The Estes Park Museum

Our Government

U.S. West Takes a Hit

The Year of the Hummingbirds

A New “Yield” Sign

Growth in Allenspark

Private Telephones?

The Salvation Army

Creation Science [1995]

Devolutionizing Big Government



Fort D.A. Russell

Domestic Terrorism

Old and New

Barney Graves

Life in the Wilderness

What’s In a Name?

Arthur C. Clarke


The Estes Park Trail-Gazette Columns:

July 1983


Estes Cone

Johnny Grant

Observations in Estes Park

The Bath House


The Sutherland’s Ice House

How Old is Charles Eagle Plume?


Christmas Trees

Tree Murder

Mountain Driving


Mail Boxes

More About Mail Boxes

“Are you related to ....?”


An Accident

The Wild Cat

A July Reunion

A Visit to Baldpate Inn

Opening Cabins


The Times, They Have Changed

Death and Transfiguration

The Population Explosion

The March of Time

Faith-Based Social Services

Looking for Pitch

Recent Writings I

Recent Writings II

Recent Writings III

Recent Writings IV

Recent Writings V

Recent Writings VI



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