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To give you a broader picture of who I am I want to tell you about some things I have been privileged enough to do that many only dream about My Dad has instructed me in flying a single engine airplane as we have flown our family of six round-trip from Bedford Massachusetts to Homer Alaska seven times as well as to other parts of the country During these transcontinental trips totaling over 500 hours I have viewed the world from on high and traveled to some very remote places accessible only by a small airplaneIn two successive years my brothers and I have hiked and canoed in the Gates of the Arctic National Park located in the Brooks Range of northern Alaska We have followed some of the routes of Bob Marshall Ernie Johnson and John Muir legendary pioneers in this part of the world In the process I have explored some of this secluded wilderness which is so vast that there are no people for hundreds of milesIt was in such a secluded wilderness that my Dad two brothers and I built an 8 by 10 cabin using only a chainsaw some hand tools and the trees on a small privately owned lot surrounded by the wilderness of the Kenai Fjords National Park It is located in South Central Alaska and accessible only by boat or floatplane We still visit this cabin sharing the land with the resident black and brown bears wolverines eagles seals walruses and salmonIn addition to this domestic exploration our family has traveled together to Holland France Israel Canada Mexico and Costa Rica Naturally this international travel has given me insights into the cultures languages traditions and politics of parts of Europe the Middle East and Latin America Weve been on archeological digs in Israel toured the Golan Heights and the old city of Jerusalem explored the rain forests and coasts of Costa Rica and visited 14th century castles
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