David E. Steiner

Retired USAF, Teacher, Dad, Grandfather, Curmudgeon

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Limousine Service


This is not an advertising space, but it's worth mentioning that we have a new service in the valley. I became aware of it be¬cause my mother was delivered to my front door by the Charles Limousine service which, during the summer, will bring you to Estes Park from Stapleton for $16, $29 round trip. Their Denver number is 690-3488. In this case, they had a stop at the Lane Guest Ranch so the owner/driver decided to deliver my mother to my house. He even brought the bags inside. Now that's service.

All of which reminds me that modes of trans¬portation have changed a great deal since my mother first arrived here on a White touring bus. Many of us can remember the Rocky Mountain Transportation Company building, in the building which now houses a number of shops a few doors up the street from the Plantation restaurant in Estes Park. In those days the building’s interior was dark and redolent with the smells of oil and gasoline and rubber. After WW II we had the surplus Jeeps, followed by the green pick-ups, followed by station wagons, followed by new Jeeps and all manner of four wheel drive vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, and All Terrain Ve¬hicles, both three and four wheel. The latter have been very much a mixed bless-ing, since they don't require licenses but they are often driven on the roads, and off the road they sometimes damage our fragile flora and scare the wits out of our fauna.

Still, in spite of the increase in the number of vehicles and the speeds at which they travel, we have relatively few acci¬dents. I was therefore surprised the other day to find an accident on Cabin Creek, in broad daylight in a straight stretch of road. One car had, for unknown rea¬sons, wandered across the road and struck an¬other, left front fender to left front fender. It was very strange to see a state motorcycle policeman taking statements on Cabin Creek road.

Perhaps none of us wants to go back to the days when the stagecoach rumbled down Big Owl Road. On the other hand, is there a good reason to take out all the curves in highway 7? Do we want a still faster way through our little valley and vehicles that raise more dust and make more noise? Those seem like easy questions until somebody offers to bring you up here from Stapleton for sixteen bucks. [The price has gone up. In late 1995 it was $28 one way, $48 round trip]




© 1985 – 2003, David E. Steiner

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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]


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A Memorial Service

A Hummingbird


A Hiking Trip

The Estes Park Public Library

Wild Life

Riparian Rights [1989]




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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

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A Partridge in a Pear Tree

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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

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Growth in Allenspark

Private Telephones?

The Salvation Army

Creation Science [1995]

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Domestic Terrorism

Old and New

Barney Graves

Life in the Wilderness

What’s In a Name?

Arthur C. Clarke


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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

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“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

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