I have been off-line for the last month and some. I got married on September 13th.

The preceding days had been filled with intense, sometimes frantic preparations, a big family picnic and a Cuban style pig roast. Time passed in a blink, and suddenly Carmen and I were taking our vows — at dusk at a Seattle restaurant facing Puget Sound. We made an offering to the sea as part of the ceremony, joining our Puerto Rican and Germanic backgrounds. My friend Jay sang a song he had written especially for us, “Soul to Soul.” We all ate well — our friends and family toasted us, and Jay sang another favorite song, “How Could Anyone”, lyrics below, while my friend, Barb, signed them. We cut the cake and danced — everybody danced — a fabulous party. We were showered with rose petals on our way out the door.

For both of us, this was the end of one long cycle and the exciting beginning of the next. Because we want to respect the intimacy of the ceremony, I will not be posting any pictures of the event. You’ll just have to imagine the tremendous feeling of warmth, gratitude, and connection that was there and that will be with us for the rest of our lives.

The next day, early, we left on our honeymoon in Tofino on the west side of Vancouver Island, British Columbia. We went whale watching, took a dip in a remote hot springs, ran into a couple of black bears on a hike through dense rainforest down to a deserted beach. We bought fish, halibut and salmon, caught fresh from the sea and made romantic dinners. We wandered the beach out in front of our lodgings, a stunning beach house borrowed for a week as a wedding gift from friends. The weather was typical, cloudy with drizzle and some occasional sun breaks. We didn’t care what it did.

There is such a thing as deep happiness.

How could anyone ever tell you
You were anything less than beautiful?

How could anyone ever tell you
You were less than whole?

How could anyone fail to notice
That your loving is a miracle?

How deeply you’re connected to my soul.

Here are a few photos from our trip to Tofino.

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  • simply…fabulous! congratulations, friend.

  • Congratulations to you both! I'm happy for you : )

  • Congratulations Dan!! May you both enjoy bliss. "And the end of all our exploring; will be to arrive where we started; and to know the place for the first time."

  • Thanks, everybody, for your sweet comments!

  • Dick Richards wrote:

    Welcome back Dan. Best wishes to you and to Carmen. And I’m pleased to see you still attracted to water 🙂

  • Thank you, Dick. And as to the water, one must honor the goddess.

  • Byron Murray wrote:

    Ahh. The real life chapter now begins for my friend Dan. I wish both of you all that the love and happiness the universe can offer. Soul to soul – as the song says – I don’t know where I end and you begin. Your friends Sandy and Byron

  • Thank you, Byron. As you say, “the real life chapter now begins…” Many best wishes to you.

  • Ho‘omaika‘i ‘ana Dan, an Aloha-filled congratulations to you and Carmen! I am so thrilled for you as I think about the wonders which will newly bless your lives.

    I have taken the liberty of using your last photo in this post as my new desktop wallpaper (all of them are gorgeous) so I can prolong this precious thought of celebrating with you both!

  • I’m touched, Rosa. Indeed, Carmen and I are in those “wonders,” learning what our blessings will be. Many best wishes to you, too.

    And of course I’m honored to have my photo on your desktop!

  • Congrats Dan:

    Sound like a terrific time in your life. I consider Long Beach as the location of my spiritual center in the world. There is a place on the beach just below a First Nation’s reservation that you used to be able to camp at and I absolutely loved it. I collect “healing” rocks every few years and distribute them. All the best as you embark into your present and future together.


  • David, thank you. Pacific Rim park is a very healing place and we have such great memories to sustain us. We collected no stones but we have many photographs!

    Many blessings to you.

  • WOW… I still want to see pictures… I can hardly wait to visit Seattle and meet you Dan… I know what a lucky guy you are as Carmen is very close to my heart…Renee : )

  • Hey congratulations Dan and Carmen… wonderful news!!

    May you be happy, live at ease and your soul rock ‘n roll. 🙂

  • Thank you, too, Nick! I like your wishes!

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