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Overview

  • 2 References 1 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English
  • 54, Male
  • Member since 2008
  • Carpenter/handy man
  • No education listed
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To share my knowledge with other travelers, if not in person, then through my website/blog

ABOUT ME

Easy going, laid back sort of guy, who makes friends easily, non argumentative or confrontational, with a great sense of humor!
I'm passionate about traveling, photography and nature, and love to combine all three whenever I can!

PHILOSOPHY

Live each day to the fullest, and treat others the same way you wish to be treated yourself!

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

First heard about CS when on an 8 month round the world trip, from a French member in NZ, and as soon as I have my own place, I'm going to get a nice sofa especially for other CS members to use!

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

None, yet!

Interests

Traveling, photography, nature, hiking, shooting, archery, tennis, badminton, scuba diving, snorkeling, music, movies, good food and wine!............all shared with good company of course!

  • writing
  • books
  • photography
  • dining
  • wine
  • movies
  • traveling
  • blogging
  • music
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • scuba diving
  • snorkeling
  • tennis
  • archery
  • badminton
  • rivers

Music, Movies, and Books

Movies; Lord of the Rings, Matrix, 5th Element, Love Actually, A Lot Like Love, Notting Hill, Ice Age, latest Bond's
Music; Anna Nallick, Seal, Amy Studt, Snow Patrol, John Butler, Annie Lennox, Pink, Kate Bush, Peter Gabriel, Queen, Coldplay
Books; Hell, I Was There, by Elmer Kieth, Tribes, by Bruce Parry

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Where to begin?
I have been very fortunate in my lifetime to have seen many wonderful sights around the world, from the enormous, like the Grand Canyon, to the simply breath taking, like sunrise over Tongariki on Easter Island.
But generally, it is the smaller things in life that give me the greatest pleasure.
One such moment happened when taking a rest one afternoon, after a long hike down the side of Lake St Clair in Tasmania.
There are 2 small rivers coming into the lake, and over one, was a fallen Gum tree, it had a huge trunk nearly 2mt in diameter, and looked like a great place to relax for a while.
I sat on it, in the shade, about 3mt above the river, and just soaked up my surroundings, I love to sit in one place, quietly, and allow my primitive senses to come alive (apparently called Biophilia, a love of nature!)
After what seemed like only a few minutes, but was actually 45, something made me look down river!
My eyes searched for something that I sensed was there, but could not see, then...... there it was!
A Platypus was working it's way upstream, feeding as it went, oblivious of my presence, it came closer and closer, then went under the Gum tree right underneath me, and carried on upstream at a leisurely pace, until it was out of sight!
An amazing close encounter, which I even got on video! When writing my account in the sightings book at the visitors center, one of the head rangers looked over my shoulder to see what I had seen, he was very surprised when I told him it happened at 4pm, as they are usually only active at dawn and dusk. He also wanted to see my video, so on his PC, 6 rangers huddled round and couldn't believe how close the Platypus came, and 3 of them had never even seen one yet!
A very special moment, and not one I am likely to forget.....ever!!

Teach, Learn, Share

I have recently built a website/blog to share my knowledge of traveling with others, please feel free to check it out!

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