Angle to Key West: Happy New Year (12/31)


Tallahassee, FL – December 31, 2012

One more trip around the sun. A spin around  a star. 360 degrees in 365 days. Then a countdown. 9, 8, 7. Champagne fills glasses. kazoos fall silent. 6, 5, 4. The world breathes one mighty breath. 3, 2, 1. Boom. A ball drops. Strangers kiss strangers. Confetti soars. kazoos roar. Champagne disappears. Resolutions form.

But my favorite tradition has always been to hug everyone in the room and thank them for being part of my life, only the room felt empty this year, empty of all the people I’ve met from the Angle down, empty of everyone who sent me a message, gave me advice, or wished me luck, empty of anyone reading this, anyone who inspired me to go, who taught me to leap.

Good thing I keep you all in my heart.

Happy New Year, thank you for being part of my life.

23 thoughts on “Angle to Key West: Happy New Year (12/31)

  1. Here’s a big New Year hug from San Diego. I’m glad I found about your journey and am able to travel alongside in spirit. Safe Travels, @SaunieInDiego

  2. Hey, Daniel, Been with you all the way! Happy New Year to you as well, and good luck to you on the rest of your trip…..Mac Steen

  3. Daniel! Thank you for being my brother, giving me the biggest hugs and best back rubs, playing bingo with me and 100 hundred of our closest stranger friends, dancing with me like we’re in Miami, etc!

  4. I’m glad to have known you and to have stayed in touch for so many years. Thanks for making your life available to me through the internet. You’re the man, Daniel. Keep it up.

  5. Happy, Happy new year to you!You are in my heart! What a great writer! What’s this about a book? Let me know. Carrie

  6. For some reason I think you are going to have a great year! Hope I am right! Happy NY! You are doing good.

  7. All the best and thanks for letting Two Harbors be a part of your adventure. Happy, joyful, peaceful, New Year, Daniel
    Tammy Francois

    1. I was just thinking about Cornucopia the other day and how lucky I was to have met the potluck group there that night! Thank you all for being so welcoming!

  8. Happy New Year Daniel! Thank you for sharing your journey with us. I always look forward to reading your thoughtful, honest and entertaining posts. I wish I could have made the pig roast this year! Luckily there was plenty of good friends, good food (pork, rice and beans, arepas, empanadas, plantains, on my!) and grapes to wish on, in Boston. Be safe out there 🙂

  9. Just saw this post – SuperHappy New Year, Daniel! Thanks for sharing your adventures in a manner that brings us all along for the ride. I was missing Minnesota and you brought me right back there. The rest has been an ongoing inspiration. Can’t wait to meet the Gulf someday. Be well and happy!

  10. Daniel, Your journey was extraordinary and I am deeply grateful that you shared your adventure with us. I am a sea kayaker on the Chesapeake Bay and prefer multi day trips. There are hardships, but the amazing natural experiences are nearly impossible to put into words. Somehow you did. I hope to soon read a feature article by you in Canoe & Kayak or Outside…and then your book. Until then, perhaps a visit to these links will keep the adventure alive: Adventurers & Scientists for Conversation:
    Gulf of Mexico Environmental Justice Conference:

    Thank you again for an incredible journey. Steve

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