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Bryce Engen

Oakland, CA, USA

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Overview

  • 21 Positive References
  • Fluent in English, French, German; learning French, German, Spanish
  • 30, Male
  • Member since 2007
  • Outdoor Educator, Podcaster, Writer
  • BS, Aero Eng. 8 yrs transport exp.
  • No hometown listed
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About Me

AUGUST 2015 - CURRENT MISSION - ROAD TRIP, ALL 59 US NATIONAL PARKS - www.inspirebycampfire.com

Tom and I are embarking on a National Park road trip starting in August 2015. Our goal is to gather and share stories of fellow campers, travelers and park staff/volunteers we encounter along the way. We are rolling in a 22' Winnebago Warrior (1982 edition, of course).

I hope to meet many CS participants during this journey, which will last roughly until summer 2016. Please message me! The camper has a couch you can crash on. We have extra tents and bedding for camping. If you want, you can join our road trip and ride with us! Go to the website for an itinerary and where we are now updates.

We have a weekly podcast. We are sharing high quality photos and videos. For now we have a blog, which we will turn into a book. We are not trying to be NP guides but rather "inspirers", lighting a campfire under the butts of our friends to get out, camp, sleep under the stars, share stories, open up, listen and learn.

ABOUT ME

I am taking a break from my job as a transportation engineer to follow my passion for the outdoors. I love to camp, hike, bike, climb, swim, stargaze, cook, and converse. I can fix your bike, pick up a new sport, whip up an easy meal, chat about anything. I am on a mission to spread good vibes and experiences. Let me make you a cup of coffee, fix a flat tire, take you for a bike ride, learn about your past and share my story with you.

Boring deets: I'm 30, from Minnesota, play sports, used to play trumpet, went to college in MN, studied abroad in Norway, worked twice in Germany and once in Qatar. I cycle, drink beer, read, and love striking up conversation with strangers. I can weld, woodwork, wire, tinker, troubleshoot.

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

I have fallen off the CS wagon....help me get back on. This is a great place to meet open-minded people, who are full of energy and stories and willing to try new things. Where else can you find a database of such people, with pictures and stories and everything???

I've surfed, hosted, gone to meet-ups, donated money, encouraged others to join, uhh, spent hours pawning over trips I wish someday to make. While living in Hamburg, Germany, for a summer, most of my friends were from CS. Great people! In Minneapolis, MN, I was active with other local CSers, and made loads of good friends there. In NYC, I hosted many couchsurfers. Now in Oakland I'm rarely asked to host, but I would!

I want to meet travelers, both US and foreign, who want to join me in my journey across the US. Please ask to come along! I can take hitchhikers and overnighters. You might have to work. Cook a meal, sing a song, lead a hike, make popcorn for movie night, record a podcast, shoot a video, or write a story. Or re-upholster an old camper couch. But I bet you can handle that!

Interests

Meeting new people (duh), the outdoors, cooking, reading, enjoying delicious beer and wine and conversation.

Adventure travel (either crazy places or non-existent budget), bikes, trains, foreign languages (esp. French and German), cool architecture (inc. bridges), extreme weather.

I live to cycle, love to climb, and cannot stay out of wild lakes and rivers.

I dabble in photography and need to improve my videography and podcast-ography skills asap!

Music, Movies & Books

MUSIC
Spotify is my new home. Very open to all types of music. My jam is well-riffed blues and folk. Love me some bluegrass. Into music that moves me, makes me shuffle and dance, puts a smile on my face. All time favorite was Weezer, now I don't know. Road trip jams like The Band, Grateful Dead etc are atop the playlist.

MOVIES
Of course I love them! Jurassic Park is the only film that scared me out of the theater. Classics like Citizen Kane and Casablanca never get old. I love the subtle adult references of Pixar films, and still know all the words to Beauty and the Beast and Little Mermaid songs...and Aladdin.

BOOKS
Recently, nature poetry, conservation (Aldo Leopold, John Muir), and adolscent action books. I LOVE READING FRENCH. Lost my copy of le Petit Prince (sad face) but have devoured le petit Nicolas and currently on Matilda (in French), though Roald Dahl is an Anglophone boss and will remain in my repertoire.

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Watch the sun rise over Lake Tahoe and watch it set over the Pacific Ocean, in the same day. God blessed California.

Teach, Learn, Share

TEACH
Bike repair. Business planning. German. Snowboarding. Backcountry 101. Beer Brewing. Basic wood and metalworking.

LEARN
French. Spanish. Web design. Podcasting. Video production. Guitar. Good cooking. Drawing/Painting. Welding/brazing (bike framebuilding!). Kite Surfing or Hang Gliding.

SHARE
Books. Wine. Conversation. Time. Fun. Adventure. Friends. Knowledge.

What I Can Share With Hosts

A bed in a camper. A tent. A story. A meal. A road trip. A bike ride.

Good vibes. Good food. Cold beer.

An appreciation for this Earth.

An appreciation for each other.

Countries I've Visited

Austria, Canada, France, Italy, Jordan, Nicaragua, Oman, Qatar, United States

Countries I've Lived In

Germany, Norway, Qatar, United States

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