Good morning and welcome to Summit Up, the world’s only column not feeling the effects of last night’s festivities.Not to say we didn’t celebrate the coming of the New Year, we most certainty did. We started off the night with a casual get together around a fire, swapping stories of the year. When we were whisked away on snowmobiles to a “small bonfire” (as there was talk of a “bigger bonfire” later). Where we were given lighters and blow torches to set off semi-large and flying fireworks a first time for this field agent for the better part of an hour. The only set back was the below zero temperatures denying us the pleasure of consuming the age-regulated drink as a liquid, not frozen. As the night grew on, the crowd began devising methods of keeping the cold drinks in a liquid, rather then frozen form, the most popular, keeping the glass in ones pocket, or drinking it so fast as to not allow the winter air to turn it in to an ice brick. This field agent however, opted for the more hands-off approach by leaving the yummy goodness by the fire, allowing the heat to melt it back down into a drinkable state.As our beverages were turning into glaciers, so were our toes, and to keep the hypothermia at bay, a few of the party-goers were roused into playing a round of hokey-pokey by the fire, alternating a frozen limb when directed, to thaw, then remove from the intense heat the wonderfully bright fire was emitting. Amid all the drink issues, raging fire and screams of “run!” as someone just set off a rather large firework, a friend carefully lined up a fireworks display, reaching the $700 mark, that echoed through the canyon later that night. When midnight was close at hand, the “big bonfire,” as promised, was ignited, which starting to thaw out or frozen toes and adult beverages.As we began the count down from ten, champagne bottles were aimed at the indeed very large bonfire in anticipation of the New Year. When the time came, a peck was given to our sweetheart, and hugs coursed through the crowd as everyone greeted each other with warm wishes and merriment for the New Year ahead.When it was all said and done, we had a blast with the mondo-huge bonfire, the large fireworks display and didn’t miss the craziness of the bar scene.*** We out, not getting Advil and Pepto-Bismol or Taco Bell.
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