This woman. Now a published author, we have been friends since lower school. I remember sitting on the playground together working on drafts for our own fashion magazine. While I stayed the course with that industry, she moved to Alaska to a one room cabin with no running water, became a wilderness planner for the National Park Service, started @heymoosekennel with her husband, is now a professional dog musher and one of only thirty one women in history to have completed both the Yukon Quest and Iditarod Trail thousand-mile dog sled races where the objective is to not only finish but to survive. Temps start at -40, and if you get two hours of sleep in five days that’s a win. If that doesn’t give you chills and tell you everything you need to know about her looking straight into the face of fear and winking, I don’t know what will. She tells about this journey in her exciting and heartfelt memoir, This Much Country, that gives a real glimpse into Alaskan adventure, and it was a privilege to have her sign my copy last night! I hope you read it so you can get to know even just a fraction of her — her contagious spirit, her hysterical mouth of a sailor (since we were nine...pretty sure I heard every cuss word from her first...), her enormous, warm heart and love of life’s grandest adventures. Kristin, you are truly solid gold. Proud of you my friend.