Life on the Summit: Hey, Spike! chit-chats with campground host
August 15, 2014
Former Breckenridger Greg Schauer is continuing his service to the public following a long career as a bartender and manager.
About seven years ago, Greg left the Kingdom of Breckenridge after 25 years of serving libations to locals and visitors. The Village Pub was his place of seniority.
Now he has six years under his belt as a White River National Forest campground host at Frisco's Pine Cove, where he spends the summers — May until October — hosting campers right on the edge of Lake Dillon.
"I just love my front yard view," he remarks, surveying the lakeside on the Frisco peninsula.
Starting with Thousand Trails as a host, today Greg's employer is concessionaire CLM Services, which runs the operation here under the White River Recreation banner.
Last fall, Greg says he "turned out the lights in October" as the season's last host over at the Heaton Bay Campground before heading to Arizona, to winter at Bouse, near Quartzite and Parker, towns that, like Breckenridge, have pasts steeped in mining.
Over the years, Greg has moved up from an A-Liner foldable camper to an 18-foot Kodiak two-axle trailer, which serves as his home year-round. He shares it with "Chalupa," a little rescue dog.
He's fine-tuned his RV with solar power, Wi-Fi and TV.
Most weekends have had the Pine Cove Campground full up, where the daily overnight charge is $19, unless you're a senior (with a card), and then the price is half.
When Spike! motored over in "Blondie" this week, Greg was hosting some van campers and several monster RV buses.
We met the Steinleys of Austin, Texas, who were in Frisco for their 10th time on vacation here.
Jeff, Jennifer and daughters Riley and Peyton enjoyed themselves biking, hiking and running.
They visited with friends Kim and Corey Hutchins, who have a home at Keystone. Jeff and Corey work together at Wind River, an aerospace and defense firm. Jennifer is in the fitness (and you can tell) game, while Kim is a Denver Realtor.
Jim and Connie Bull played hosts and reunion arrangers for the Thomas Noxon family over the weekend in Frisco.
"We had about 50 both Friday and Saturday and 25 at our place for cocktails on Saturday. No fights. My half, the 'Loyalist' branch from Canada in the 1800s, were very respectful of the 'Revos,' who got our ancestors' land after the Revolutionary War. All had a good time."
Thomas Noxon arrived in the U.S. at New Amsterdam (New York City) in 1683.
The extended clan has included astronaut Scott Carpenter of Vail, a member of the Victor Noxon family of Idaho Springs, who attended Noxon reunions in the past. He died in October last year.
Celebrating Lisa and Tommy Yacono's third wedding anniversary in Sturgis, S.D., were Mac Trench (Mac Plumbing, Silverthorne), Mike and Vicki Wood of Montezuma, Ruthann Jensen (owner of the Copper Canyon Lodge), Angie Yacono and Beth and Dean Vegosen (of Palm Beach, Fla., and Utah).
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed "Spike," a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former Climax miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to email@example.com