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14'er's for #14

For our 14th anniversary we went to Ouray, CO. We hadn't done a get away trip since Maddy was born. (We did have Tam or Cindy and Brad watch kid/kid's a time or two for a one night/less than 24 hour dinner, night alone kind of thing but no actual going out of town, multi-day trips.) Nanna and Grandad braved the job of watching the kids while we played and relaxed.
 We stayed in an VBRO place between Ridgeway and Ouray. This cabin was great. It had a little creek running through the 38 acre property. It belonged to the grandmother of the lady who's father (I think) gave to property for the pool and park in Ouray. Anyway, really cool cabin and if you want to stay in Ouray I highly recommend renting from her.

 So anyway, we started our trip Thursday afternoon. We'd planned to leave earlier but a cow got out and we had to chase it back in so didn't leave til mid to late afternoon. We stopped in Gunnison at High Alpine Brewery for dinner and enjoyed some amazing pizza…
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