Hi, my name is Carter Hermes and I live in Gladstone, New Jersey. I am not a great writer, so my Yaks will be pretty straight forward. I am cautiously optimistic about this trip. Everyone says it will be a great time and I hope that is the case. I love sports and hope to be able to follow my home teams when I get to an internet cafe. (The NFL season is starting as we leave.) I have spent the summer in Maine on staff at Winona, a woodland camp for boys. It is a sleep away camp I have attended as a camper since age 10. I was a tent counselor to 5 teens and worked a lot in the wood shop as an instructor. I don’t love school. I’m going to do a 6 month apprenticeship as a plumber in Mass. upon our return. I am not sure what I will learn and get out of this experience but based on all of your enthusiasm, I know I am in for an adventure.