So my parents and Sara and Ryan are in Florida this weekend. The Madsens are true adventurers, aren't they? Soon they'll exhaust the continental U.S. and have to start going foreign in their quest for new places! That was something fabulous about my upbringing. We were always taking trips. It was so fun and all the interesting sights had the effect of giving me a lot of writing ideas. My dad's hiking obcession also probably saved me from a lot of possible health problems early on because he kept me physically active. I hope if I get to be a parent, I can give my children the same kind of experience. It was invaluable to me.