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  • Fluent in English
  • 31, Female
  • Member since 2012
  • I (try to) teach freshman why they should like biology, w...
  • Masters Degree in Environmental Science/environmental hea...
  • From Detroit Lakes, MN
  • Profile 55% complete

About Me


West Coast Bound


Hi Everyone! I have couched surfed before and really love the concept of this site. Meeting new people is a top priority in life, along with science, teaching, good food and beer, biking, running, hiking, camping, and the environment.

My boyfriend, Wes, and I have been several awesome adventures with each other and we are both looking forward to more. We are both liberal, progressive kind of people (don't be fooled by our location!) and really love to travel.


Gandhi's Seven Deadly Sins:
Wealth Without Work
Pleasure Without Conscience
Knowledge Without Character
Commerce (Business) Without Morality (Ethics)
Science Without Humanity
Religion Without Sacrifice
Politics Without Principle
- Gandhi

You must be the change you want to see in the world

Climb the mountains, get the glad tidings
Nature's peace will fill your soul
Like sunlight to trees, on a clear mountain breeze
Wear sorrow away, at least for today
-John Muir

Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher 'standard of living' is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free.
-Aldo Leopold, A Sand County Almanac

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


Looking for a place to stay in San Fran!


Surfed in St. Louis! It was great.


sunny days, porters, black ales, road trip adventures, riding my bike, mate tea/coffee, backpacking, National Geographic, maps, my Chacos. Quintessential ENFJ.

  • environment
  • ethics
  • dining
  • beer
  • coffee
  • marathon
  • running
  • politics
  • traveling
  • drums
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • backpacking
  • camping
  • cliff jumping
  • swimming
  • rowing
  • biology
  • business
  • cartography
  • teaching
  • religion
  • science
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

Radiohead, The Head and the Heart, The Decemberists, Andrew Bird, Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Beck, Grizzly Bear, Iron and Wine, Mason Jennings, Old Crow Medicine Show, Horse Feathers, Great Lakes Swimmers, and many more!

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

cliff jumping into Lake Superior, finishing my first 1/2 marathon (April 2012), summiting the Middle Teton (August 2008).

Teach, Learn, Share

Teach: intro biology subjects, swimming, rowing
Wes: biology teacher, drums (set, djembe, congas, etc.)

Countries I’ve Visited

United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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