Rilla Wiggins: Hahn's Peak news

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Whee! Got up last Saturday morning and there was at least 6 inches of snow out there, and it was hanging over the roofs. Couldn't find my shovel so I could clean off my ramp, so had to close shop all day. Marsy cleaned off the step Sunday morning. I was pushing some snow off, and that heavy snow came off the roof, right on my head. By Monday noon, most of the snow was melted here in Hahn's Peak basin, but the mountaintops look like winter.

Marsy and I drove up to the Summit Creek Forest Service station, up the road past Columbine, the other evening.

We went to visit the Hidys from the Seedhouse Campground, and a bunch of their family was there from Florida for the hunting season and a family get-together. Jim and Bonnie have spent the last days as campground hosts and will be returning to their home in Colorado Springs.

Jim and Becky Hicks of Steamboat, who bought Dan Ragan's house on the second corner of Main Street two years ago, and Sally and Mel DePra of Wiley, were here for several days last week.

Oh, wow! Paul, Bill, Ronie and Marve all went fishing at Steamboat Lake on Thursday. Ronnie caught all the big trout - four that were 18 ½ inches and two over 19 ½ inches. Hurrah!

Some of you have read our book, "God's Mountain." Donna Johnson, who is a niece of Rosa Wheeler, and her husband, Dick, came to visit the area where the Wheelers lived.

Rose and James Wheeler were the last of the homesteaders, in 1930, and their ranch was south of the village, where Steamboat Lake is now. Donna says she took the picture of the Wheelers in that book (page 335) in 1943. And, she said that she used to sing with Rosa. Donna's dad used to come here to help James paint buildings and put up hay. Donna came from Nebraska at the age of five in 1933. She climbed Hahn's Peak Mountain when she was a kid. She still lives in Nebraska.

What a beautiful afternoon, this Tuesday. The sun is bright, the ski is so-o-o blue over the mountain's peak, which is covered with snow, and the old fire lookout building sticks up like a sore thumb.

I told you early this summer that Liz Bower was in bad shape with more breast cancer. She died Aug. 19. Her daughter is Wendy Bower, who lives across from the schoolhouse. Liz and John have been coming to Hahn's Peak from Florida for many years, their cabin on the corner. Liz also worked at the Clark Store a few years ago.

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