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Hey everyone! I’m Eli, and I’m super excited for the weeks ahead together! I’m ready for this chance to step away from the big cities I’m used to and the technology I rely on while embracing the feeling that I get only in the outdoors – not to mention learning about issues that are defining to American past and present but that I’ve rarely gotten to examine in depth. I’m also quite simply looking forward to the whole carrying our lives in our backpacks thing: I’ve never done it before, but it just seems like such a pure way to live. And, of course, I’m excited to meet you all. See you soon!