I grew up in a working-class neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. Since I came from such an unnatural place, I didn’t develop an interest in the Earth Sciences until later in life.
Eventually I ended up living in Indiana and going to Indiana University for a B.S. in Geoscience. These days, I try to maintain a few hobbies outside of work:
I started hiking to get better at field geology – I liked it more than I expected.
Prior to grad school, I thru-hiked the Appalachian Trail:
108 Days, 2192 Miles, May-August 2015
Lately I’ve been making lots of ice cream, trying out new flavors, and refining my skills. The hiking helps to burn some of it off thankfully.
I have written a couple thousand pages of short fiction (mostly short stories and novellas).
Anton Chekhov is my favorite author.