I live in a very populated area of New Jersey, which also happens to be my hometown, but when I was growing up there were farms and greenhouses, vegetable stands, woods, and one stop light that blinked at night. Being outside, and playing in the woods, was something I enjoyed more than anything else, and it's not surprising that as I got older and moved out on my own, I always chose to live in rural areas. I felt more at home in little towns than anywhere else, and being in the Adirondacks is the perfect place to spend my later years. It has inspired me to take up watercolors to try to capture the openness and beauty of the ADK. It's as much a feeling as a sight to see. The "Look Inside" feature on Amazon is the best way I can explain the connection between the rural life of my childhood, and my love of the Adirondacks. It opens with the first story in full, and could have been written about Indian Lake, New York, where there is no stop light at all.