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Lake City School Bus

Submitted by:  Terry K. Morrow

 

To live in Lake City in the winter of 1991 and go to school past the 6th grade, one had to ride the Lake City school bus to Gunnison-55 miles away.

 

My son, Ryan, was a freshman and attending Gunnison High School.  We got up at 5am to get a quick breakfast in before catching the bus in front of the Milski's Lake City Cafe. This is where all the 'downtown' kids would meet.  I remember one morning Ryan and I both sleeping through the 5am alarm (imagine that!)  Well, we had a very considerate bus driver named Burton Smith who decided Ryan shouldn't miss school that morning and so he proceeded to drive the bus right up to the front door of our home, honking the horn on the bus and flashing all the lights into the window at 5:55 am!  Just barely awake, I fell out of bed and rushed downstairs to see what on Earth was going on to find one Burton Smith just laughing his head off!   Ryan made it to school on time.  Thanks Burton!

 

Another morning, I recall walking with Ryan and Kristyn to the bus stop on our first snow day to find another Gunnison High School student who missed her alarm running to the bus from the Lake City Cafe still in her cute little pajamas, with pillow under her arm and bare feet in the snow, one Samar Bannister.  Run Samar Run!