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I’ve finally posted scenic and fireworks photos to my Smugmug account from our honeymoon in Vail.  Enjoy!

Scenic photos:
http://bfrantz.smugmug.com/Colorado/Vail

Fireworks photos:
http://bfrantz.smugmug.com/Fireworks/Avon-2011

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Today, our last in Vail before returning home tomorrow, was another quiet one without much planned.  In fact, we spent the whole day at the condo until the Darius Rucker concert at the Gerald Ford Amphitheater at 6.  We have watched a ridiculous amount of Masterchef Australia and are still only about halfway through the current season.  Wow.  We also watched some more Mars Hill sermons.

Teri and I aren’t very familiar with Darius Rucker or Hootie and the Blowfish (his former band), but had bought the tickets when we first got here, thinking it’d be fun.  Unfortunately, it began raining right before the concert began so we found ourselves going more out of obligation to get our money’s worth than anything.

Still, we stayed pretty dry and enjoyed the first half of the show, at which point we decided to head home rather than get any wetter.  Rucker sings well and the band was in good form, but again, as we aren’t really fans it wasn’t particularly engaging and we didn’t regret leaving when we did.

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This update is a bit late because we got in late the last couple of nights after seeing fireworks.

On Sunday we spent the morning watching some sermons from Mars Hill Church in Seattle, pastored by Mark Driscoll.  I discovered the church several years back through their excellent online repository of video sermons.  Pastor Mark is an excellent speaker with good theology and who isn’t afraid to tell it like it is.  He’s got a series titled The Peasant Princess on Song of Solomon which is fantastic for married couples, and I’d say is right up there with the best dedicated marriage seminars in depth and relevance.  I highly recommend it for married couples to watch together, although it’s not a bad series for singles, either.

After watching a couple messages from that series (along with some more Masterchef Australia…) we went on a relaxed walk around East Vail.  It’s actually been getting pretty warm lately, so we didn’t stay out too long.

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After the workout yesterday, we had no plans for today until this evening and planned to spend most of it just hanging around the condo.

I slept in rather late and Teri spent the morning doing some work and totaling up our expenses for the trip so far.  Once I got up, we scrambled some eggs for breakfast and began a roughly 4 hour marathon of Masterchef Australia.  We’ve come to respect the cooks on that show a lot, especially after some of the more insane challenges.  Definitely more to it than Masterchef US.

Anyway, Teri didn’t sleep as well as I did and decided to take a nap this afternoon.  I was a bit antsy so I decided to go for a hike while she slept.  I chose a trail near us that follows Big Horn Creek.  It was a neat change of scenery being on the South-facing slope, with less dense growth and a neat variety of plants.

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Today was a beautiful day with no inclement weather, so we decided to make the most of a gondola lift ticket and descend the mountain on foot and on bike, as well as have dinner on the peak.  We’re exhausted now, but had a great time and the weather was perfect.  I’ll let photos do most of the talking today.

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