| 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.
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.
We celebrated Doug & Di's first 14er.
Ate the obligatory PB&Js and D & D signed their first log.
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.
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.
We laughed, we cried, we loved, we renewed!
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.
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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