Everybody that comes in the shop is all enthusiastic about the columbine being in bloom already. One of the biggest bunches is at the top of Willow Creek hill at the Badger Meadow turn-off.
The other plan they want to know about is the great big patches of those great big yellow flowers with huge leaves, all the way up Elk River and now in the higher country. Yes, it's a sunflower, called "Mules Ear Sunflower," because of those long, huge leaves that are the shape of mule's ears.
One of my favorites you can see along the highway, this side of Clark. It's a tall green plant with a pointed top with green blossoms the only plant in Colorado with green flowers.
I heard a lawn mowing machine close by, one morn last week. I looked out the door, and there was Gary Wall, who lives in the old Larsen house next door, who was mowing the grass and weeds in the schoolhouse and museum yard. Thanks a lot, Gary.
Cal and Judy Cowell stopped by to visit a little on this short weekend at their cabin, up in the aspen east side of Main.
We've seen the two "For Sale" signs on their property, and I questioned about them. They said, "yes, we've decided it's time for a change." They have three houses, and that's too many. They are going to fly to Amsterdam later this year, go on a boat to Vienna and attend the Octoberfest in Munich.
It was good of Jim and Ardleen Kline to stop for a visit on their way back to Walden Monday morn. They were here for the week to mow their big yard and clean the Allen cabin for a big bunch of visitors the next few weeks.
Patti Ragan had shoulder surgery last Thursday. She stayed overnight in the hospital and came home Friday morning. She's still in great pain.
The Schneiders and Polloks were all here for the weekend. Leo and Ruth haven't been here much this summer because of Ruth's health problems. She has to go back to Arizona this week for treatment.
Mallory and Deb, and son, were at their cabin across the street. Mallory made some ice cream for the social July 4 at the schoolhouse. Deb was here to lead the historical group in there election meeting Saturday evening.
The officers elected were: Deb Pollok, president; Mallory, vice president; Charles Root, treasurer; and Gloria Root, secretary.
This little bit of news you might call "out of place" because it has nothing to do with Hahn's Peak news. Jerry and Connie Bredlau have a condo in Steamboat, but their home is Etinanda, Calif. Back in the summer of 1988, this couple came in the Things 'n' Stuff Shop. Jerry told me they had just read my news, that she liked to read about the flowers, and that he sure liked to see his name in the paper. Well, the next issue of the Pilot, I put his name in, and he was overjoyed. He has visited here every year since then, and his name appeared in Hahn's Peak news every year. They don't like all the hustle bustle in Steamboat now, so they are going home and will come here again in October. That's Jerry Bredlau.
Suzanne Clark came in to get acquainted this week. She lives up on the Hill Street and will be teaching at North Routt Charter School, this side of Clark, next fall. Now she is teaching camp. She and Jon Davenport, who lives here in a tiny cabin on the Hill Street, will be getting married in August. They have started a new house up there on Hill and hope to have it done by their marriage date.
Compiled by Rilla Wiggins