I've been thinking about when I first started looking for adventures, and realized that pretty much everyone in this community has a different motivation. I grew up on my father's backpacking stories, and while bears and thunderstorms may not be the most dramatic of adventures, the fact that exciting things happened, and happened to real people, was thrilling. I've also loved science fiction/fantasy novels for about as long as I've been able to read. What is your story? Were you inspired by myths, legends and folktales? Was it history that lit up your imagination, with stories of feudal Japan or the wild west? Did you want to fight crime like Superman or explore the frontier with Lewis and Clarke? Did you hear a relative's tales and think "I hope I have stories like that to tell my children?"