Hey there!

Happy holidays to you and yours. I hope this message finds you in good health and good cheer. 2013 has been a calm and quiet year here in Morrison Colorado. Quite a change and a relief from the recent past. I’m still gainfully employed by DIRECTV, and actually enjoy going to work (although on a separate note to my Father; I would have made a great heir and trust-fund baby—­just sayin’).

I scratched South America off my bucket list of continents this year when I traveled to Peru and hiked the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The Andes are quite amazing and rival the Alps and the Rockies for the most dramatic mountains I’ve ever seen. The ruins, built from huge stones on tippy-top of an 8,000 foot mountain spike, are phenomenal, once again demonstrating that with slavery, all things are possible.

As a side benefit of my trip to Peru, I found myself with an airfare credit that had to be used this year. This windfall took me on a short trip to “Baah Habah,” and Acadia National Park in “down east” Maine for hiking, gawking and some delicious lobstah in July. It’s a magnificent place, with miles of trails along unspoiled rugged shoreline. I had a one-room cabin deep in the woods, visited only by mosquitoes—I’ll suffice to say that I was not lonely (Bzzzzzzzz SLAP!).

The year did end on a sad note with the passing of my 17-year-old dog Carmen. She was a great, goofy dog who lived a long, happy life and in the end, had a quick and painless exit. We should all be so lucky.

So, as always, I’d like to extend an invitation to you to visit me in colorful Colorado, just as I promise to visit you whenever I can. Have a great 2014!

ooxx,
Dan

dangraves@dangraves.com
720-260-1535

 

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