Oh wow! This has been an exciting week. Are the aspens going to be in full color by next weekend? Well, no, it will be another week. Of course, we can never tell until it happens, but it is beautiful right now, with some lovely reds and oranges.

Jim and Helen Hohenstein, with almost year-old Hannah, came Saturday to Wiggins Diggins, and so we had to go on a Jeep trip to see the colors. Bill driving, Nancy, Hohensteins and I went up String Ridge, over to the old Farwell mine, and back through Beaver Basin. There were lots of hunters’ camps.

As we came back into the north end of the village, we stopped to look at the Knox horse barn that doesn’t look like a barn. As somebody said, “It looks like a cathedral,” but it was amazing to see in front along the road, a big patch of blooming flowers blue, white and yellow. Couldn’t recognize any of them, but they are sure pretty, especially for this time of the year.

The new-this-summer Hahn’s Peak Cafs going great, so says owner Dana. She plans to stay all winter to feed those snowshoers, snowmobilers and ice fishermen. To add to the fun at the cafshe started last Thursday evening having an acoustic jam session. Several guys brought guitars and a mandolin. A hunter entertained us with his guitar and singing several songs. Dana played and sang and the rest of us sang along and stamped our feet, keeping the rhythm. This is going to be a regular Thursday evening affair.

The fishing shop in the east half of that same building will be moving out in a short time. Mark Titre, who owns this business, Elk River Outfitters, will close Oct. 1 and he will be a guide for his fish business below at Stagecoach for the winter.

Participate in The Longevity Project

The Longevity Project is an annual campaign to help educate readers about what it takes to live a long, fulfilling life in our valley. This year Kevin shares his story of hope and celebration of life with his presentation Cracked, Not Broken as we explore the critical and relevant topic of mental health.

Chuck and Gloria Root went to Colorado Springs again for the weekend. This time they went to celebrate several family birthdays. Then they will be back to do some winterizing jobs done before they leave for their winter home in Arizona.

Got another “old” story. Bill Ellis, county clerk, when this was the county seat of Routt County in the early 1900s, had to make trips to Steamboat in his sled. Of course, when the snow was deep, it was very cold. Bill used great quantities of sacked baked potatoes to keep warm.

Then there was Vern Mabury who was born in 1928 in Steamboat, then his family, Harley and Fern, moved to Hahn’s Peak. Vern’s family lived here until ’41, and Vern went to school here from ’34 to ’41.

Vern hated school and his parents had to drag him for a long time. It was in his first year of school that he was taken to a Saturday night dance. They had shelled peanuts that evening, and Vern got a bunch of the peanut shells and stuffed them in the back of his cousin Dorothy’s dress. She tattled and Vern got his first spanking.

John and Kristy Slay, from Augusta, Kan., are up at the Krug house this week. Pauline was John’s great aunt. He celebrated his 48th birthday here last Tuesday, Aug. 17.

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