People do some crazy things in their 20s.
For me, it was skiing.
No, that’s not Alaskan prospectors off to find their fortune. That’s Bridger Bowl in Bozeman, Montana, my friend. And that’s The Ridge.
When I graduated from college in ’02, my peers went off to entry-level professional jobs. Or graduate school. Or Americorps.
I also did a LOT of skiing.
Skiing hadn’t found its way into many of my novels – yet – with the notable exception of Karen in The Wolf’s Lover, who goes off on cross country skis through the backcountry of Yellowstone to confront a dragon. (I also did a lot of backcountry camping.)
Fun fact: Colin and Zeke, Karen’s graduate students in The Wolf’s Lover, are 100% based on my real life ski buddies from Montana.
That’s my ski tip, with the real-life inspirations for Colin and Zeke waiting for me.
I haven’t done a lot of skiing since I had my kids.
But I’m still glad I spent my 20s knocking around the backcountry of Montana instead of getting a real job. 😉
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