When Jessica was a little girl growing up in North Dakota, her favorite game was “Winter Explorer.”  She would put on her snow clothes, pack beef jerky and her mother’s homemade buns, and go outside. The game was to see how long she could last in the cold. She’d crunch all over the farm in the snow, occasionally curling up with her cats under the heat lamp in the barn. When she would finally come inside, her cheeks would be frostbitten and she couldn’t feel her toes but she knew she could last a little longer the next time she played.



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