I lived for 31 years in the interior of Alaska near Denali National Park. We retired to Idaho as our daughter presented us with a wonderful grandson and have been here since 2006. I got into soaping via a friend and lots of YouTube videos about 8 years ago. I just bought a couple of books and found this forum this year. I am a hot process soaper as I really don't have the space to allow soaps to cure that extra 4-6 weeks...am too impatient to have it sitting around without using it. I'm learning I know almost nothing about the process, but it sure is interesting to learn from this forum.