Just wanted to let you know that the picture you ran in Steamboat Living (Summer 2012) in Tom Ross’ column is of my great-grandfather Ivan Decker riding Pershing in Yampa in front of the Royal Hotel. From what my grandmother Verna told us, he was the first person to ride Pershing (it was even posted in The Western Horseman). We still have his bucking saddle. Thanks for the article.
— Jay Whaley, Yampa
Pining for Pin Ears
I was just going through my great-grandmother’s photos, and I have a few of riders on General Pershing. As far as the ride of Pin Ears by Kid Vaughn, my great-grandmother was there. She said the only reason that Pin Ears was rode to a stand still is he bucked clear up into the stands. I have many photos of old bronc riders here in Routt County that I’ve shared with the Hayden museum.
— Michelle Hale, Hayden
Ski Yak Town USA
Nice Letter From the Editor photo of Ski Yakking on the Yampa River in Steamboat Living (Summer 2012). I recently stumbled upon another photo circa 1890. Maybe they’re catching on.
— Larry Pierce, Steamboat
Ski Yaks 2.0
A friend just sent me your photo on your two-ski adventure on the Yampa this summer. It made me laugh because I’ve been there. Kudos for doing it. Glad to hear you were cheered not mocked. Of special interest to you in Ski Town USA, I’m building the next-generation of whitewater skis ... Starr Surf Skis (www.starrsurfskis.com/white-water). The original goal was to ski waves, and we’ve done that. Now I’m focusing on cross-country-style water skiing on flat water (whitewater is like skiing bumps). Maybe you’ll have to try out a pair on the Yampa. Incidentally, I was the sports editor at the Summit Daily News for several years and love Steamboat.
— Jason Starr, Colchester, Vt.
My husband and I are from Vancouver, British Columbia, and spent a wonderful 14 days in Steamboat this summer. We’re avid mountain bikers, and we took a six-month leave of absence from work for an extended road trip. We biked all over the Southwest and Mexico, and Steamboat is our favorite place overall. The cross-country mountain biking is outstanding both for variety and for access right from town. The road riding looks outstanding, too. Everything else, from the people we met (friendly and very helpful) to the restaurants’ laid-back atmosphere and beautiful Yampa River, was great. The only bad part is we had to leave. (We’ll be back and will stay longer.) If you live here, count yourself lucky — you live in an amazing place. And keep up all the great work on your trails. We spent more than $3,000 here including our accommodations, and we wouldn’t have come if it weren’t for your mountain bike trails. And there are lots of people like us, so don’t underestimate the payback you’ll get from your cycling infrastructure.
— Gail Sawers, Vancouver, B.C.