Eric: As a kid, I spent a lot of time with my friends playing outside. I grew up in suburbia, so we played in ditches and wandered around the woods in our backyards. But I think as I got older, I sort of separated a lot from the outdoors, because I had a lot going on in my childhood. I was fortunate to be able to take a trip out to Wyoming when I was 14 or 15, and we went to Grand Teton and Yellowstone. I was out there camping for two weeks, and it really changed my perspective and opened doors for me, to be able to have those experiences. It really brought me a sense of groundedness that I hadn’t really found before, and a sense of comfort.
I grew up and decided that I wanted to go to college in Vermont, and that was a big move for me, but I was really excited to be able to live in the mountains because I grew up in Cleveland. The longer I’ve lived up here, the more my appreciation for nature has grown.