Where are you from?
I am from right outside of Denali National Park, Alaska. I have Denali, the great one, in my backyard to one side, and the Broad Pass valley to the other. In winter, days are cold, nights are long, and the sighting of life is more often a moose than a person. Summer is a much different story, as the area can reach the mid-90s on a hot day and sees about 1/2 million people each year through the National Park in the on-season. While living between these two very different seasons can cause a bit of whiplash, it has taught me valuable lessons, from how to work with all sorts of people to how to survive a winter night alone in the snow. It has helped to cultivate who I am.