With great clarity do I remember when I first became enamored by science; the first time I just simply "got it", that initial "A-ha" moment - it was love at first conceptualization. From a young age, my interest in science was piqued, and with time, this interest only became stronger. And now, today, what was once simply interest is now, more or less, a complete lifestyle. However, I can ramble on about protocols and experiments complete with positive and negative controls in the kitchen and elsewhere, or I can stop where I am and redirect to something completely different.
I was seventeen when I earned my Eagle Scout rank in the Boy Scouts of America. That was the same year when I trekked through the mountains and desert of Cimarron, New Mexico at the Philmont Scout Ranch for ten days. In previous years I had explored the Boundary Waters and Quetico by canoe. One year we traveled over eighty miles in six days.