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I grew up in east Tennessee, and I love those mountains with all my heart. That being said, I am afflicted with a terminal case of wanderlust. The doctors say it's incurable, and the symptoms only seem to be worsening with time. I have spent the last two years splitting my time between working in Chile as a whitewater kayak instructor and working in whitewater rafting in Tennessee, and hope to continue chasing beautiful rivers around the world.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
As a host, I enjoy meeting kindred spirits with interesting stories. It can help me bide my time until my next adventure. I like to pay forward the kindnesses that have been extended to me.
As a surfer, I love Couchsurfing as a way to meet new people and get the local scoop on a place. I don't travel in order to lock myself away in a sterile hotel room somewhere. I travel to make connections: with people, with nature, with food...
My passion is for adventure, wherever I can find it. Sometimes I find it in an engaging conversation. Sometimes I find it in a new challenge. Mostly I find it outdoors: horseback riding, hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, wakeboarding, and riding motorcycles are all pretty high on the list.
- outdoor activities
Music, Movies, and Books
I'm a voracious reader, will devour anything I can get my hands on, from classical literature to a tube of toothpaste. The Count of Monte Cristo is probably the best book I have read to date. In general, I tend to read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy. J. R. R. Tolkien is hands-down my favorite author.
I'm a fan of video games, though I play them less frequently as time goes on. I will definitely throw down in any game you choose, though if that choice is Smash Bros, you'd better watch out...
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
The most awesome, life-changing moments rarely come as big, discrete events, but instead as appreciation of little bits of wonder. Cliff-jumping in February at night. That incredible rush of power when I run my horse flat-out. A sunset in northern Mongolia that looked like fire raining from the sky. Dancing alone under the stars. Dancing until dawn in a Rio favela. The smell and feel of rich, loamy earth. Watching a volcano glow at night from the middle of a whitewater river. Finding unlooked-for rapport with a stranger. The heat of sun-warmed Yosemite granite. The feeling, somewhere between dancing and flying, when you hit a set of twisties on a motorcycle just right.
This life is one beautiful adventure blended into another.
Teach, Learn, Share
I can teach: whitewater kayaking, horseback riding, boating sports (wakeboarding, skiing, etc), photography.
I'd like to learn: anything you're willing to teach! If nothing else, teach me a few handy words in your language (drinking salutes, swear words - y'know, the essentials).
What I Can Share with Hosts
Overlong stories and killer guacamole.
Countries I’ve Visited
Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Mexico, Mongolia, United States
Countries I’ve Lived In
Chile, United States