Grays and Torreys

August 14, 2009

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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1 ellen August 14, 2009 at 10:19 am

happy hiking and happy anniversary!

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2 amyks August 14, 2009 at 10:20 am

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.

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3 Deb August 14, 2009 at 10:47 am

Happy Anniversary and enjoy the hiking!

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4 Morgan August 14, 2009 at 10:54 am

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

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5 Sara August 14, 2009 at 10:57 am

That's a fantastic idea! Have fun!

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6 Janet August 14, 2009 at 10:58 am

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

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7 Sara August 14, 2009 at 11:49 am

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

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8 Elder and Sister McEvoy August 14, 2009 at 12:40 pm

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

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9 Anonymous August 14, 2009 at 12:52 pm

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!

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10 Sarah August 14, 2009 at 1:14 pm

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

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11 ~shari~ August 14, 2009 at 1:23 pm

congrats on 14 years! and have fun hiking :)

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12 Erin @ Sprouted In the Kitchen August 14, 2009 at 1:28 pm

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

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13 robin k August 14, 2009 at 1:53 pm

Happy Day to Ben and Gabby!

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14 Cindi August 14, 2009 at 7:30 pm

Happy Anniversary

Your Blog front page says you live in New York.

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15 liz stanley August 14, 2009 at 8:24 pm

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

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16 Leisa Hammett August 15, 2009 at 8:26 am

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!

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17 Valerie C. August 15, 2009 at 10:16 am

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!

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18 MP August 15, 2009 at 1:21 pm

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!

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19 Cyn August 15, 2009 at 2:21 pm

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!

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20 likeschocolate August 15, 2009 at 8:51 pm

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

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21 Lori Citsay August 16, 2009 at 12:33 pm

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

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22 kirsten August 17, 2009 at 11:12 am

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

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23 LoGunns August 18, 2009 at 12:09 am

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.

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