If you live in Colorado, you obviously know what a fourteener is.  For those of you unfamiliar, it’s a mountaineering term used to describe a mountain that exceeds fourteen thousand feet above sea level.  Climbing all of Colorado’s fourteeners is a popular pastime amongst hikers.

Alaska has the tallest fourteener, Mount McKinley in Denali comes it at 20,320 feet.  Pikes Peak places around 57th on the fourteener list in the United States coming in around 14,110 feet.

Pikes Peak, Colorado Springs, CO

Although I love to hike, I know my limitations.  Thus, hiking a fourteener has eluded my repertoire of activities, as well as the bucket list.  I have the utmost respect and admiration for those whom have accomplished hiking all of Colorado’s fourteeners.  I just won’t be one of them.

I do enjoy a good hike.  Whenever we visit my brother and sister-in-law in Grand Junction, CO, we always squeeze in a visit to The Monument, even if it’s only an

me, daughter & brother

easy one hour walk.  That being said, last year my daughter and I were on such a hike with my brother and his wife.  Daughter was still suffering from jet lag having recently returned from studying a semester abroad in Sydney, Australia, and a three-hour hike was out of the question.  The Monument is so beautiful, any hike is better than no hike.  We hiked, we explored, we climbed rocks for photo-ops and that’s when it happened.  A sound escaped my brother……”hum, excuse me”, he says slighty embarrassed.  I comment, “No problem.  Consider yourself healthy and normal”.  I proceed to brief him on a recent Dr. Oz show….a show on flatulence, a show about passing gas…Dr. Oz, gotta love him.  According to Dr. Oz, the average, healthy person passes gas fourteen times per day.   AND THUS……the new meaning of a  FOURTEENER was born !

Have you accomplished a fourteener ?  🙂

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