The summer of 1989 changed my life. I was a student on a 23-day Colorado Outward Bound Course. I remember on day 22 sitting at the lower reaches of a river and allowing my eyes to follow this flowing water toward its source. Snow covered mountains and thick coniferous forests lay before me. And like a tumbling flow of thoughts, it dawned on me that the wilderness I had been living in for the previous three weeks had become my home. I feel obliged to work earnestly with conservation efforts that promote the protection and preservation of wild lands so that others may have similar experiences.