“You wouldn’t believe the people who come to Kamchatka. Bored people looking for excitement. Boring people, thinking it will make them interesting. There are people looking for the last unspoiled wilderness, and people who want to make friends with the bears. Some are digging for gold and others want a volcano named after them, and some just want to know how it feels to be at the end of the world. My mother always thought I’d fall off if I went any further, she never could get used to the fact that America is just over the water, and the world begins all over again."