Friday, August 14, 2009

Grays and Torreys

In Colorado, it's all about elevation. This is a mountain state. Any peak that hits over 14,000 feet is called a 14er and around these parts the term 14er is thrown around in everyday conversation. If I understand correctly, there are dozens of 14ers in Colorado — and almost none anywhere else on the continent.

Today, Ben Blair and I are climbing our first 14er. (Who knows, maybe it will be our last.) We wanted to start off easy — Grays and Torreys are said to be good starter 14ers — so that's what we're hiking. Why? Because we live in Colorado and that's what Coloradoans do. Also, because I love the mountains and I've barely had 2 minutes to pay them any attention since we moved here.

But mostly, we're climbing a 14-er this weekend to celebrate our 14th wedding anniversary. (Clever? Or cheesy? You decide.) Our anniversary isn't officially until next Wednesday. But school will be in session by then and it will be harder to make time to celebrate. So we're heading to a hotel (sans kids) and hiking a 14er (maybe 2) today. My amazing niece, Rachel and her lovely friend, Shelby are taking good care of the children while we're gone. I feel super lucky that I get to do this.

Have a great weekend, friends. Yay for 14! Yay for being married to Ben Blair!!

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Blogger ellen said...

happy hiking and happy anniversary!

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 11:19:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous amyks said...

Happy 14er! Congrats on your anniversary and the attempt to climb a mountain in celebration of it...very symbolic, isn't a marriage a long series of peaks and valleys, and we are always lucky when we come out on top! Enjoy the view and the climb along the way.

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 11:20:00 AM EDT  
Anonymous Deb said...

Happy Anniversary and enjoy the hiking!

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 11:47:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Morgan said...

Happy anniversary and enjoy your hike! My boyfriend is very jealous! :D

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 11:54:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Sara said...

That's a fantastic idea! Have fun!

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 11:57:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Janet said...

Congratulations! And have a great hike! (I'm Laura B.'s Mom)

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 11:58:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Sara said...

Hey, California has its fair share of 14ers! Not as many as Colorado, granted, but the Sierras do have a decent amount :) Have fun!

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 12:49:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Elder and Sister McEvoy said...

Happy 14er--the Anniversary and the Mountain. We see on Twitter that you made it to the top. Congratulations, Benjamin and Gabrielle.

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 1:40:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Way to go, Gabby! My mom has climbed several 14ers so I know what a CO accomplishment it is. :) Post some pics of your summitt!

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 1:52:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Sarah said...

Have fun hiking and happy anniversary! Your love for Ben Blair radiates! It's inspiring! :)

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 2:14:00 PM EDT  
Blogger ~shari~ said...

congrats on 14 years! and have fun hiking :)

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 2:23:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Erin @ Sprouted In the Kitchen said...

Happy anniversary, and one day after ours! August has been a good month for us.

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 2:28:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous robin k said...

Happy Day to Ben and Gabby!

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 2:53:00 PM EDT  
Blogger Cindi said...

Happy Anniversary

Your Blog front page says you live in New York.

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 8:30:00 PM EDT  
Blogger liz stanley said...

sounds awesome, you'll have to take us hiking if we come visit soon!

Friday, August 14, 2009 at 9:24:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Leisa Hammett said...

Happy Anniversary! I'm eating breakfast and just finished the latest Chookooloonks and thought, I'll got over to Design Mom. She's so spunky! Clever 14 and 14er! Hope it's blissful. Not cheesy in the least, IMO!

Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 9:26:00 AM EDT  
Blogger Valerie C. said...

Congrats on your anniversay! I just saw your article in Parent Mag. about childrens bedrooms. I was so excited that I actually recognized your name!

Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 11:16:00 AM EDT  
Blogger MP said...

I vote clever, not cheesy. Sounds like a great way to celebrate your anniversary (especially sans kids!) Have a great hike and a wonderful time.

PS- Love the blog!

Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 2:21:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Cyn said...

What a great idea! I'm curious to hear how you liked it. I travel to CO twice a year and haven't hiked a 14er yet. Happy anniversary and a great way to celebrate!

Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 3:21:00 PM EDT  
Blogger likeschocolate said...

Congratulations on 14years. I hope you enjoyed your hike! Wishing you both to many more years to come.

Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 9:51:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous Lori Citsay said...

Yeah for you---still thrilled to be married to your husband after 14 years!! Beautiful!

Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 1:33:00 PM EDT  
Anonymous kirsten said...

Congratulations to you both! I love your idea for marking the celebration...hope it was a lovely climb.

Monday, August 17, 2009 at 12:12:00 PM EDT  
Blogger LoGunns said...

I think it's very clever and I'm stealing the idea when Matt and I have our 14th:) The whole time I lived in CO I never climbed a 14er.

Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 1:09:00 AM EDT  

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