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My home is a place for travelers, bicycle tourists, artists, car people, backpackers and musicians.
You know who you are. You traveler.
I have a very lovely, wonderful, comfy home.
This is my tenth year hosting.
A lot of really fun and interesting people have stayed here.
In the summer months there can be a lot of music, communal dinners, people from all over the world......here......
Couch Surfing tries to sell you on the idea that you can "stay with a local," but this is so much more than that~~this site is just the door.
This is an ever changing community.
CURRENT MISSION :: To push this great social experiment forward into new ideas and new light.
ABOUT ME :: I am an entrepreneur. I think outside the box. I am not even sure that if I was in the box I would know what to do! I have built several successful business' over the years and am currently drawing up some plans for some ideas in Europe. I love to sail, hike, bike, run, cook yummy food and very much enjoy music.
PHILOSOPHY :: Don't follow
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
The biggest reason I am on couch surfing :: Community. Often times there are many travelers here at my house. It is so great to meet everyone and hear all the travel stories. I love meeting people from other countries or states and introducing them to Seattle and surrounding areas.
I love sharing my home.
As you can tell I have done this a while, so my ideas about Couch Surfing change the more guests I have and experiences I get.
I have a few ideas of what makes a good visit here at my house.
These ideas are below.
The ideas have been crafted from past experiences to help make your experience wonderful and amazing. Amazing!!!!
1.) You have to be a traveler ———This means you are not "moving to Seattle" and "just need a place to stay for a week or two." I can appreciate you are moving here, but what I want is to offer an experience for travelers.
2.) You have to want to actually meet me and hang out (if I have the time). This isn't a hostel (although sometimes it feels like it :) This is my house. I live here. All the time. If you show up, leave all day, get home late and never hang out then it won't be a good experience for either of us.
3.) New guests please come after 7pm on your first night. I understand if you arrive at the airport at 6:30am and want to come to my house to drop off your luggage. But you cant. It messes with my other guests and the natural flow of the home. You are a little adventurer. You picked the early flight and brought the heavy luggage. It isn’t your time until after 7pm, then it is your time.
4.) Please make sure the dates requested are the dates you want to stay. No overstays unless this is something that we discuss well ahead of time. This means that if you request to stay two nights, then you get to stay two nights, not five.
5.) Contribute :: This can be with a nice bottle of wine, a good meal, some toilet paper or whatever. Get creative. The more creative the better!!
6.) Don't come home too late. Midnight is the curfew. It's just respectful.
7.) Try to not eat Samantha's dry food. Yes. It happened. Samantha was not happy. You can have a few bites, but that is it. She is a growing kitty and needs her food.
8.) If you are sick with a cold, the flu, chicken pox, bad staff infection or perhaps measles, then my house isn't the place for you. I am healthy. You are healthy.
9.) My laundry facilities and/or my laundry detergent are private. They are not for couch surfer use. I can show you the way to the local laundromat. You can do your laundry there.
Samantha's Rules :
1.) Please don't pick me up. I am a Norwegian Forest Cat. By nature I am social but independent. This means if I want to interact with you I will, but generally I will ignore you mostly......unless you have treats or the hair brush.....then maybe I will interact with you, but probably not.
COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE ::
EVERYTHING. When you open the doors to the world the world comes. And everything within that world. We are all different, yet we are ONE. As I said earlier several thousand people have come here so all life that you can imagine has been here and stayed a while.
Stay for yourself a while.
Bike touring all over these great lands
Custom home building
Loads of house concerts
Driving my Westfalia van to Port Townsend and camping on the beach.
Feeding Samantha and now new Sasha cat.
Sailing around Greenlake with my little boats.
Blowing the leaves off of my stairs.
Great community dinners at my house
Traveling with travelers
Music, Movies, and Books
I have a strange history with Into the Wild. Some say that Chris McCandless and I share the same energy--that same blood. He is also the reason some of you come to my house. I am happy to share this story with you. If you ask.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Rode my bicycle 1600km in the California and Arizona desert in Winter of 2018
Sailed from Kauai to San Francisco in my Valiant 32' It took 31-days to come home :)
Rode my bicycle from Las Vegas to Kansas City to race in a 200-mile bicycle race called the Dirty Kanza.
Trekked in Nepal 300-miles or so.
Drove my Volkswagen Westy from Seattle to Mexico City and back
Took the ferry up the inside passage from Bellingham, Wa to Haines, AK then hitchhiked all around Alaska and lived out of a tent for 10-weeks.
Trekked over 300-miles in the North Eastern part of Nepal. The Kanchenjunga region. Walking. I walked.
Teach, Learn, Share
Your stories are the ones that I enjoy. Your thoughts.
What I Can Share with Hosts
Communal Mini-hostel for travelers
Cats (Samantha and now Sasha)
A very clean home. Always.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Costa Rica, France, Greece, Hong Kong, Iceland, Japan, Mexico, Nepal, Panama, Peru, Poland, Thailand, Turkey, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Canada, Costa Rica, United States