Natural High: When Seth Heald Moved to Scottsdale, He Found Some Surprises: A Lush Desert, Incredible Wildlife, and a Business Inspiration

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Natural High: When Seth Heald Moved to Scottsdale, He Found Some Surprises: A Lush Desert, Incredible Wildlife, and a Business Inspiration


MY JUNIOR YEAR in high school, I went on spring break with my friend's family to Arizona. After growing up in Canada and Maine, I couldn't believe the weather here. We visited Arizona State University in Phoenix, and the next year, I applied. THE OUTDOOR LIFE I was expecting this hot, desolate place, but my experience here was so different--canyons with creeks, lush foliage. In Phoenix and Scottsdale, we have our urban sprawl, but you can find complete wilderness less than an hour's drive away. AHA MOMENT I made the decision to start my own business while I was in school. I was premed, passionate about biology, and had a research fellowship to track rattlesnakes in the desert. I got to see the desert in a way most people never get to--alone, at night. Plus I'd been backpacking all over, hiking the Grand Canyon. I loved sharing these experiences with other people and thought, I could make a living doing this, BREAKING THE NEWS The next time my parents visited, I told them that med school was on hold; I was going to start my own business doing adventure tours. …

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