Last summer I decided to spend a month vacationing in the mountains near my home. I had visited a million times in the past, but I had never been there for a prolonged amount of time, and I really wanted to challenge myself. I really enjoyed myself. I gained a new appreciation for camping, hiking, fishing, and cooking over an open fire. I never thought I would be one to do these things, but I found it I really have a passion for them. I fared pretty well during the months, but I did struggle at times with not having an air conditioner. The Experience made me realize how dependent I am on my HVAC system at home, and there were days when I really wanted to be able to adjust the thermostat and kick back in the cool air. What I needed to cool off, I what go for a dip in the lake or nap in my hammock in the shade. It wasn’t quite as nice as turning on the air conditioner and kicking back on the couch, but it definitely had its perks. Nature is so peaceful to me, and I got some of the best rest that I have ever had out there. When the month ended, I went back to my job feeling recharged and ready to go. Everybody had questions about my trip. Some people were shocked that I was able to survive for the entire month, but I think anybody could do it if they are willing to push themselves. I would like to do this sort of thing again in the future. I will probably choose a new spot, but I would like to stay again for a month.