This trip is not a vacation. The Alaska Great Lakes Project is a journey that challengesÂ you every step of the way. Challenges help you realize who you are as a person.Â Each year I encounter new people and new ideas that cause one to stop and reflect.Â Reflection allows for evaluation of how these challenges are met and dealt with. EveryÂ time I come to the realization that not everything turns out perfectly, but the trip, as aÂ whole, is always an outstanding success. In the end, that is all that matters. The newÂ challenges, the new people, and the new ideas are why I keep coming and are also whyÂ this trip always works so well.