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The reconciliation of human lifestyles with healthy and sustainable ecosystem functioning.
Human (mostly). Male. 30+ years old. Brother. Son. Ecologist by academic training. Dumpster Diving Team Squad Captain, Recycling Rockstar, and ace Mushroom Hunter in my spare time.
My heart lies in the forests and on the coast of Maine, where I was born and raised. I think I could be described as an avid traveler...right now I'm working my way around North America and have a pretty good start on it. My main passion and cause in life for the past several years and for the indefinite future is the reconciliation of human lifestyles with healthy ecosystem functioning...
My ideal recreation would probably be a slow canoe ride around a scenic lake or down a wooded river valley, or perhaps a good game of cards. And in my book it's not a good party unless there's dancing...
You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I tell others about what a great idea it is and offer up my space to conscientious travelers like myself. And I refuse to let the fear which is so predominant in society regulate my hospitality towards others.
I started CouchSurfing several years ago and found that the sort of people I encountered were kindred traveling souls, open to giving hospitality to strangers and receiving it in turn.
CouchSurfing is about more than a place to stay--it is a cultural exchange of vicarious experiences and goodwill.
However, in the past year CouchSurfing has started marketing itself to the wider world as a for-profit corporation, merging with Facebook functionality and expanding its audience. Many of the Surfers I've hosted recently don't seem to have the original intent of CouchSurfing at heart, but are more often looking for just a free place to stay. I've moved over to BeWelcome.org, a non-profit hospitality exchange network that is more grassroots and less commercialized.
Canoeing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, rock-climbing, hiking, outdoor recreation and adventure in general...
Recycling, composting, energy issues, permaculture & edible landscaping, farming & gardening, environmental interests in general...
Motorcycles. Cooking. Reading. Science fiction. Wilderness survival. Plant and mushroom identification. Fermented foods. Martial arts. Genealogy.
- dumpster diving
- outdoor activities
- whitewater rafting
- scuba diving
- martial arts
- rock climbing
Music, Movies, and Books
Movies: Army of Darkness and other cheesy horror flicks. Science fiction films of all kinds. Documentaries. Check out Wall of Films - Films for Action: www.filmsforaction.org/walloffilms/
Music: Ska music and reggae in general. Cruachan. Led Zepplin. Fiona Apple. P-funk. You name it...
Book: The Humanure Handbook. Reading the Forested Landscape. Cookbooks. Field guides. How-to books.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
A night swim under a dark sky in waters filled by photoluminescent plankton in Puerto Rico.
Teach, Learn, Share
What may be of interest to another I do not know. I've learned as much from those I've encountered traveling as I've taught and I think that is the point. But it is probably best to teach things you are passionate or knowledgeable about. I have a random assortment of skills and passions. Would you like to learn HTML? To look for wild edibles? I could teach you how to split wood or steer a canoe... Most often an exchange of card games and/or cooking recipes is a great start to a visit.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, France, Guatemala, Ireland, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Sweden, United Kingdom
Countries I’ve Lived In
New Zealand, United States