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Part of the Porcupine Caribou Herd on the Arctic Coastal Plain: Photo Credit: Alaska in Pictures

Twenty two years ago I worked in the arctic doing stream and lake surveys. For many weeks the sun didn’t set and didn’t rise, but just made a sweeping circle in the sky.

Sometime in mid-July, the sun started touching the horizon.

The first time it disappeared completely it rose eighteen minutes later. I thought it was the coolest thing in the world.

I’m still not sure how a guy with an English Degree landed a paying job doing field biology on the Arctic Coastal Plain—also known as America’s last great wilderness. I had no connections and didn’t think I had much of a chance when I applied, but at that time in my life I was seeking out wild places in every way I could, sort of taking a leave-no-stone-unturned approach.

The amount of wildlife I saw was staggering: 120,000 Caribou gathering to give birth to their calves. Wolves, Muskoxen, Polar and Grizzly bears. Snowy Owls.

I think there’s a certain amount of luck involved in just about everything, but I also believe that the harder you work at anything, the more chance you have of getting lucky.

So, with that in mind, I’m going to click open my WIP and get to work.

The time to go for your dreams is now. Are you with me?

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