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The Taste of Vail and the Lamb Cook-Off

We attended a spectacular event in Vail last Thursday – the Lamb Cook-off which is a part of the Taste of Vail.  It was held in Vail Village.  Tasty lamb treats were offered by local restaurants as well as wine tastings from all over the US.  The lamb dishes were absolutely delicious and the wine was excellent.  It was an all-around special event.  2013-04-04 17.03.33If you missed it, make plans to attend next year.  2013-04-04 17.13.412013-04-04 17.12.152013-04-04 17.07.21

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Beach Boys Rock the Vilar Center!

On Saturday night Kim and I attended the Beach Boys concert in the Vilar Center in Beaver Creek.  It is amazing how, through all the iterations, these guys can still put on a fabulous show.  Only Mike Love from the original band was part of the group but if you closed your eyes, it was still the Beach Boys from the 1960’s.

Of course growing up in the 60’s in Los Angeles and being a would-be surfer, the Beach Boys were my heroes.  How do they still connect 50 years after their peak?  Is their music timeless?  The Vilar Center was packed and everyone was up and dancing throughout the show.  I saw folks from their teens to their 70’s in the audience.  Clearly the Beach Boys music spans several generations.  Kim and I were up with the crowd.  It was a fun night.

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Vail and Beaver Creek Again to Host Next Summer’s US Pro Challenge Cycling Race

2012-08-23 15.41.56It was announced yesterday that the 2013 US Pro Challenge will stop in both Vail and Beaver Creek.  Two years ago Vail hosted a time trial and last summer Beaver Creek hosted a stage finish in Beaver Creek Village.  I was in Beaver Creek for the finish of that stage and it was amazing how many people were in the Village.  The photo was from last summer’s race.  I’m sure this summer will be just as exciting.

Beaver Creek will host the finish of Stage 4 on Thursday, August 22. The racers start in Steamboat Spring.

The following day, Friday, August 23, Vail will host the time trial.  That race course was lined with spectators the last time the time trial was in Vail.

The cool thing is that the racers will be in Beaver Creek and Vail on Thursday and Friday, making for a great long weekend for visitors. I’m guessing there will be plenty of events scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.  Plan your trip now and come see the races!

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Our New Family Member Gets Comfortable

Looks like Biscuit has decided this will work  for her.


New Family Member for Kim and Terry

A few months ago we lost Sadie, our good friend for over 14 years.  Her soul mate Molly has struggle ever since.  We decided it was time to find Molly a new friend.  We found Biscuit at the Eagle County Animal Shelter.  She joined us on Wednesday.  She is a bundle of energy.  Molly is a little confused by the turn of events but we are sure that very soon they will be best friends.

Biscuit is a 1 1/2-year-old English Lab.  We are excited to welcome her as part of our family!

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Good Recycling News for Eagle County from the Eagle Valley Alliance for Sustainability

RECYCLING UP from 1 & 2, all the way to 7!
As you know, recycling turns materials that would otherwise become waste into valuable resources. What you may not know is that you can now recycle plastic materials that are labeled 3-7 in Eagle County!
Previously, the Eagle County MRF (Materials Recovery Facility) only accepted plastic items labeled 1 & 2. These include common items such as soft drink containers and milk bottles. The MRF is now accepting plastic items labeled 3-7.
It is important to remember that not all plastic items are easily recyclable. Plastic bags are extremely difficult to recycle and they interfere with the machinery at the MRF. In fact, they are considered the WORST contaminant in the recycling stream as they get caught in the sorting equipment, cost the program money and sadly, wind up in the landfill. So, please do not put plastic bags in with your recycled items and please do not bag your recycled materials!
The Alliance highly recommends that you bring your own reusable bags to the store when shopping. Please keep in mind that while recycling is certainly a better option than trashing plastic items, it is better to avoid purchasing plastic items and single use packaging whenever possible. In the last 45 years, plastic use has increased 10,000 percent! Recycling does not negate the environmental damage caused when materials are extracted or during the manufacturing process. In addition, under certain conditions, all plastics can leach toxic materials, which can have adverse health risks. Particularly troublesome are 3’s (polyvinylchloride) and 6’s (polystyrene). For more information, visit
THE FOUR “R’s”: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, and Refuse (single use plastic items).

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Fall – I Love It!

Our homestead.  Leaves just beginning to change.  I love this time of year.

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Beaver Creek’s First Snow!


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Vail Resorts Announces Epic Discovery


With Epic Discovery, summer in Vail will never be the same! Vail Resorts is creating an entirely new summer experience where adventure, education and nature balance and elevate one another.

Launching in 2014, Epic Discovery is designed to connect kids and families with our national forests in an active, fun and engaging way. Vail Resorts, the largest ski company in the United States, will work with The Nature Conservancy on interpretive aspects of the eco-discovery experiences. The proposal includes a number of new activities, Game Creek and Front Side Zip Line Tours, Adventure Ridge Challenge Tour, Micro-Interpretive Centers for Education, More Hiking and Mountain Biking Trails, Family Forest Adventure Park, Forest Flyer™,Game Creek Deck and Lookout Tower, Segway Trails and Tours. The extensive environmental and interpretive programming, offers everyone unique opportunities to try new outdoor activities, challenge themselves physically, discover an appreciation for nature and create lasting family memories.

Click below to visit the Epic Discovery Website:

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Scout the Stage Citizen’s Ride Offers Preview of USA Pro Challenge Stage 4 Route to Beaver Creek Finish Aug. 23

BEAVER CREEK, Colo. (Aug. 3, 2012) – Vail Valley cycling enthusiasts have  the unique opportunity to ride part of the USA Pro Challenge Stage 4 course for the Scout the Stage Ride on Thursday, Aug. 23, just prior to the pros who will ride the same route a few hours later. Citizen riders can choose to start from either Leadville or Minturn and will finish in Beaver Creek Village, crossing the same finish line as the pros.
Scout the Stage allows a maximum of 400 riders to have the chance to experience a race-like ride through the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, along the official race route without the actual pressure of competition. Cyclists who start in Leadville will ride the 40-mile course, tackling the UPC King of the Mountain climb up and over Battle Mountain before descending into Minturn, where hoards of fans are expected and a special Farmer’s Market will take place as the route continues up to Beaver Creek. The Minturn start provides an 11-mile course and all 400 riders will have the special privilege of powering past thousands of race fans who will be lined up alongside the course to cheer on the pros.
The last 300 meters of the Beaver Creek climb will be on a closed course up and through the adorned USA Pro Challenge finish line. Scout the Stage riders then can explore the event Expo area and participate in the many activities planned throughout the afternoon in Beaver Creek Village as they await the finish of the top riders who are expected to cross the finish line between 3:30-3:50 p.m.

Scout the Stage Route Options:
Leadville 40-mile course: 10 a.m. start. Estimated finish between 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. depending on ability.
Minturn 11-mile course: 11 a.m. start time. Estimates finish between 11:30- 2 p.m. depending on ability.

Rules:  The Scout the Stage ride will be a mass start ride at official sprint lines in Leadville and Minturn with a neutral escort out of both start towns.  After the neutral start the ride will revert to a rules of the road ride on open roads until the finish line in Beaver Creek.  The last 300 meters of the ride will take place on a fully closed course.

Registration for Scout the Stage is $100 and space is limited to 400 riders. All participants will receive a limited edition Scout the Stage jersey and a gift bag. For details and to register visit For complete details on all of the events and activities taking place at Beaver Creek during the USA Pro Challenge on Aug. 23, visit

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