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 Peak(s):  Huron Peak  -  14,003 feet
 Post Date:  09/24/2008 Modified: 10/24/2008
 Date Climbed:   09/07/2008
 Posted By:  downhillbri

 Wedding vows   

Mt. Huron - Sunday 9/7/2008

We were joined by our friends, Diane & Doug, from St. Louis Park, Minnesota who wanted to complete their first 14er. Mt Huron was the goal. We "roughed it" in a very nice condo (Grand West) in Leadville.
Up early and on the road around 5 AM. We reached the 4WD trailhead around 7 AM after the last slow and bouncy two miles from Winfield. Only a few SUVs and trucks in the parking lot.

The lower 1/3 of the trail winds through the forest and the sun rose to bathe the peaks around us.
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We emerged from the forest for a brief granola bar break. The middle 1/3 of the trail through the meadow was a nice break from the steady uphill climb.

The final rocky 1/3 is up, up, up but has a defined trail. We summited around 11:15 – two flatlanders, an uphill queen and me, the downhiller.
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We celebrated Doug & Di's first 14er.
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Ate the obligatory PB&Js and D & D signed their first log.
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And now a surprise unfolded. Unknown to Jo (the uphill queen) and on a pre-arranged signal, Di pulled a silk rose bouquet and wedding veil from her backpack. Doug brought out a rose boutonnière.
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Jo was confused but gradually realized what was happening.

To fill you in, Jo & I will be celebrating our 30th wedding anniversary the beginning of October. Diane was recently "ordained" on the internet and could perform a wedding service. So Doug, Di & I had conspired to surprise Jo on the top of Mt Huron with a ceremony to renew our vows.

With Diane presiding and Doug as the best man (and photographer), Jo, the bride, and I, the groom, re-affirmed our commitment to each other in a place we love – the grandeur of the mountains.
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We laughed, we cried, we loved, we renewed!
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With Jo in her veil and baseball cap, the bouquet tucked in her backpack, me with the boutonnière and Doug & Di with perpetual smiles from topping a 14er, we started down around 12:30.
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Sunny blue skies and a really brisk breeze (well, actually heavy wind-gusts of 40 mph+ which blew us around) accompanied us down. We reached the car around 4 PM and celebrated with a bottle of champagne (which I had carted to the top but since no one wanted to pop it at 14,003', I carried it out too. Hmmm. Extra weight in the backpack I didn't need!). Jo found the words for a special toast to us and our friends.

It became a special 14er with special friends for a special event. To all: "I love you" and thanks.
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  • Comments or Questions
huffy13


That‘s really awesome...     2008-09-28 00:03:32
I‘m taking notes from this one. Now if I can just get my wife to hike up a 14er with me! Congrats!


Steve Climber


OUTSTANDING     2014-05-09 06:26:34


Mel McKinney


How wonderful!     2008-09-25 15:25:19
Thanks for sharing your special trip report.


lodidodi


Congrats     2008-09-28 19:19:20
That‘s awesome



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