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  • Fluent in English; learning French, Sign Language - American, Spanish
  • 38, Female
  • Member since 2008
  • wildland firefighter in the summer, travelling firebum in...
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About Me


do as much as possible before I die


Hello! I am a wildland firefighter, working for the nation park service. I work for Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida.


I'll try anything twice. Because I might not have done it right the first time.

Travel is 73% about the food

Everything always turns out ok in the end. Sometimes the end is just really, really, really far away.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I have surfed in Europe, and met up with couchsurfers in different cities around the world. My job makes it tricky to host, but the few times I have been able to it was great.


travel (obviously) camping, music, hiking, dancing, theater

  • theater
  • festivals
  • dancing
  • dining
  • cooking
  • recipes
  • traveling
  • music
  • hiking
  • camping
  • scuba diving
  • emergency services

Music, Movies, and Books

I like most kinds of music, from metal to bluegrass. No country music, though! I especially like live performances, I will go see anything once, because you never know how amazing it might be.

I read a lot, mostly fiction and fantasy. My favorite authors are Margaret Atwood, Mercedes Lackey, Robert Jordan, Isabel Allende, Terry Pratchett... I could go on and on.

I watch a lot of movies (don't get cable where I live, so movies are it for me) I like a huge variety of movies. My one rule of thumb is that when people say "You have to see this, I cried and cried." I don't watch it. Why would I want to be depressed by fiction? I can tune into a political debate for that.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Spending time in tribal villages in Laos.

Fighting a forest fire in a grove of giant sequoia trees

hiking rim to rim to rim of the grand canyon

scuba diving. anywhere, anytime

The Burning Man Festival- twice, and hopefully again someday

Teach, Learn, Share

I am an Ok cook with a short attention span and grand aspirations, so if you have tasty recipes that are easy to make, let me know. I have seen more of the USA then anyone I know, so if you need info, trust me, I'm your girl.

Countries I’ve Visited

Bahamas, Belize, Bolivia, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Laos, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, Nicaragua, Panama, Peru, Puerto Rico, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Vatican City State, Viet Nam

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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