David E. Steiner

Retired USAF, Teacher, Dad, Grandfather, Curmudgeon

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Peace and Quiet [1986]


If you look through old guest books in the area you'll find lots of references to the peace and quiet and tranquillity. Then you look at the dates: 1920, 1930.

In a letter in the WIND last month someone else mentioned the beautiful silence of our valley.

I wonder if they've been here lately.

What with ATVs, dirt bikes, chain saws, snow mobiles, jets, cars of all sorts, (I won't even get started on the dreaded barking dog problem), our peaceful valley (and even Peaceful Valley) is no longer a place of unbroken beautiful silences.

Last summer I was reading on the screened porch and found I couldn't concentrate because of an ominous thumping sound which turned out to be a stereo system almost half a mile away, played by someone who had thoughtfully decided to entertain the valley with all the doors and windows open.

I'm as guilty as the next person. I can remember spending some long hours bent over a nice, quiet cross-cut saw, and I now have a noisy little gas job and I have no intention of going back to stone age wood cutting, thank you very much.

As usual, there's a price to pay for progress, whether it's having ugly poles all over the place for electricity or a big bill for improved fire protection.

The result is that many of us run around trying to hang onto our cake, munching all the while. Hundred watt per channel stereos are nice, but you're going to have to put up with a little rock and roll among the columbines.

Still, there are some moments, on a chilly morning or in the dead of night, when those beautiful silences still hang in the air; a stillness so vivid you can almost see it. The kind of thing that made all the folks who read the WIND decide to have a little place in the mountains.





© 1985 – 2003, David E. Steiner

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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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