I live in a very populated area of New Jersey, my hometown, but when I was growing up, there were farms and greenhouses, vegetable stands, woods, and rivers where we played no matter how cold or hot it was. Snowy days were as welcome as sunny ones, and being outside in any weather became something I enjoyed more than anything else. I loved the childhood adventures in the woods with my friends, and it became such a part of me that in my adult life, I always chose to live in rural areas. I felt more at home in little towns than anywhere else, which is why being in the Adirondacks is such a wonderful way to spend my later years. It has inspired me to take up painting with watercolors, and I find that as a medium, it is the best way to express the openness and beauty of the ADK. If I can refer you to the "Look Inside" feature of 30 Stories and A Little Adventure, the first story hints at the connection between my childhood years, and my love of the mountains and lakes today.