Finding the unexpected

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There is a lot to see and do in Colorado and its neighboring states, and even for longtime residents, there are new places and people to discover.

Sharing information about what is out there is the aim of “EnCompass with Dan Davis,” a new weekly television show that will begin airing Jan. 5 on KTVD Channel 20.

The program airs Saturdays at 9:30 p.m.

The show is sponsored by AAA Colorado, and is based on its EnCompass Magazine, and each episode features locations and activities in Colorado, the rest of the country, and some international locations.

“We’re very excited to bring this very popular magazine to televisions,” said Wave Dreher, a spokesperson for AAA Colorado. “It’s great to work with Dan Davis, featuring travel trips for all over, as well as consumer tips. He has a wonderful knack or finding places and people you don’t know about.”

Davis has been a newscaster for 32 years, and worked on “Good Morning Arizona” for 15 years before starting a similar program in Arizona. The Arizona show is entering its third season, and Davis said that the Colorado chapter of AAA saw the work that was being done and wanted to do something similar.

“I love to tell travel stories, and the No. 1 thing for me is the people you meet along the way,” Davis said. “People you meet while traveling always want to help you find great places to go.”

Davis and his team recently finished up a 2,100-mile trip in southwest Colorado along U.S. 50, that includes stops in Durango, Pagosa Springs and Salida, where he said he met and did segments with many interesting people, including a beekeeper who is attempting to make honey whiskey, and a taxidermist in Salida.

“The way I approach this is we have the first and last story set up, and then we see what happens along the way,” he said. “You get going and then just keep your fingers crossed.”

Dreher said that Davis will be doing some shows on ski resorts and activities for both skiers and non-skiers to do at the resorts. Some other Colorado features will be the continental railroad and the Broadmoor hotel in Colorado Springs.

“We’ll be doing a show about a balloon regatta at Lake Powell and a cruise in Alaska,” Davis said.

“EnCompass” will be running for the entire year, and filming will be a continuous process throughout. Davis said he would like to further explore southern Colorado, and also do something on the Durango-Silverton Train.

“The goal for each episode is to show things that people aren’t aware of,” he said. “Like most vacations, the most unexpected things are the most exciting.”

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