Heaven on Earth

Jonathan Fraiman English 112 2/21/00 The Interview Essay To give you a broader picture of who I am, I want to tell you about some things I have been privileged enough to do that many only dream about. My Dad has instructed me in flying a single engine airplane as we have flown our family of six round-trip from Bedford, Massachusetts to Homer, Alaska seven times, as well as to other parts of the country. During these transcontinental trips, totaling over 500 hours, I have viewed the world from on high and traveled to some very remote places accessible only by a small airplane. In two successive years, my brothers and I have hiked and canoed in the Gates of the Arctic National Park located in the Brooks Range of northern Alaska. We have followed some of the routes of Bob Marshall, Ernie Johnson, and John Muir, legendary pioneers in this part of the world. In the process I have explored some of this secluded wilderness which is so vast that there are no people for hundreds of miles. It was in such a secluded wilderness that my Dad, two brothers, and I built an 8 by 10 cabin using only a chainsaw, some hand tools, and the trees on a small privately owned lot surrounded by the wilderness of the Kenai Fjords National Park. It is located in South Central Alaska and accessible only by boat or floatplane. We still visit this cabin, sharing the land with the resident black and brown bears, wolverines, eagles, seals, walruses, and salmon. In addition to this domestic exploration, our family has traveled together to Holland, France, Israel, Canada, Mexico and Costa Rica. Naturally, this international travel has given me insights into the cultures, languages, traditions and politics of parts of Europe, the Middle East, and Latin America. Weve been on archeological digs in Israel, toured the Golan Heights and the old city of Jerusalem, explored the rain forests and coasts of Costa Rica and visited 14th century c…

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