As kids, I grew up on the East Coast of the United States, and climbing is something I was taught as a child.
Now, my passion is for climbing and exploring new places.
For my friends who grew up in the Midwest, my first climbing destination was the White Mountains in North Dakota.
I had the privilege of climbing with the Grand Canyon National Park staff in the 1970s, and my interest in rock climbing grew as I grew older.
A great teacher and mentor helped me to understand and love the world, and I am forever grateful for that.
Growing up, I spent many weekends with my family in a remote part of the Great Plains.
The outdoors and camping were always my favorite time of year.
I would spend hours climbing and camping in the wilds.
My parents would teach me how to navigate through the wilderness, and we would hike and fish in the streams.
When I was a little girl, my parents had a dream to see the Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming, and that was where I first climbed.
My father, a retired ski guide, and mom, who worked as a school teacher, had the vision of going up to the mountains in a helicopter and landing on a mountain pass, where they would climb the pass and see the stunning scenery.
It was such a great idea, and the dream of my father and mom was born.
In the late 1960s, we lived in the rural parts of Montana and were hiking through a very remote area called Wapiti when a car pulled up.
My dad said, “Don’t you ever go there, it’s too remote.
It’s all over the map.
You need to stay in town.”
I thought it was a joke, and they laughed, and then they drove away.
Since then, we have been to many different places around the country and the world.
We went on several expeditions to the Grand Tetons, and even climbed a mountain in Canada.
On our recent trip to the Great Lakes, we climbed one of the highest peaks in the world: Mount St. Helens.
I had a wonderful time and was so thankful for the beautiful scenery, the wildlife, and all the people we met along the way.
I will never forget the people who were willing to help us in any way possible and I think it shows you how grateful we are.
There are many more amazing places in the country we love, and in our travels we have learned about places we have never heard of.
In the future, I hope to explore the world and experience other cultures, and climb the highest mountains in the western United States.
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