From a very early age I spent a great deal of time outside. My family had a very small cabin in the hills near Naples, NY where I would spent time each summer with my Grandmother and sister. The house was situated on a hill with a small pound out front. There was a creek in the wood that provided hours of entertainment.
Later, we moved our family retreat time up to the Adirondack mountains. I spent time in the mountains in every season and became quite attached to the Upstate New York mountain range. Even in my 15 years in Washington, DC I would make the 10 hour trek at least twice per year to spend time at the family retreat in the Adirondacks. Some of my founded memories are playing guitar near our fireplace, surrounded by family. Renee and I were engaged, and then later married at Camp Uncas on the lawn by the lake.