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Hello, we are Brandon and Stacey!
On Brandon: Alright, here we go: 24, photographer, exploration enthusiast and pursuer of anything and everything dealing with adrenaline or excitement. I simply want to live while I've got the chance. This includes meeting you intriguing folks, and partaking in the adventures we can share. I'm passionate about world travel, wilderness, film-making, photography, and mission work. Let's hang out.
I'm a full time dreamer. No doubt about it. I would consider myself to be outgoing, fun, and have a great sense of humor. I have an iron will; when I decide to go for something, I follow through regardless of obstacles that may arise. I enjoy taking risks, and living life on the edge. Adrenaline is my friend, and things that incite it are usually enjoyable to me. I'm also a Jesus freak, but I'm not one to shove my beliefs down your throat. I respect (and can easily get along with) everybody, regardless of who they my or may not pray to.
On Stacey: I really love cherishing moments, going on adventures (of many sorts), and being around people. I'm always hopeful, I laugh at everything, I appreciate the small things, and I put 100% of my heart into everything I do. I care a whole lot. Where I will end up and what I will do is very uncertain, but I think that, for me, it is the simplest, most fulfilling, and beautiful way to live life. Each day is an adventure.
Brandon:I like to live by a lot of what Thoreau and Stegner say about life. Chris McCandless, while he was a severely arrogant asshole, is one of my role models (except for the "being an asshole" part), if it helps you put me into perspective.
I don't think we're called to work a 9-5 desk job; building walls and security fences around a comfy home in the suburbs of God-knows-where. That's not living at all if you ask me. I avoid routine, mediocrity, societal demands, and anything that, when broken down and looked at in a grand scheme, doesn't make sense. For example, buying a brand new car simply because its newer and nicer than the perfectly fine one you own...is stupid to me.
Also, I hate politics. And I disagree with most things government. I'm not extremely educated politically, because I'm not interested. So it's probably best to leave politics out of our conversations. Thoreau said it best when he declared, "That government is best, which governs not at all."
Stacey: What's meant to be will find its way. And to always, always have hope. And I truly believe in the power and importance of community. We are all tied together, and what affects even one of us, affects ALL of us. The Ubuntu philosophy says it perfectly, "I am a person through other person." Our society forgets about each other all too often and we all are responsible for taking care of each other. It all makes a difference.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
We finished a 10,000 mile road trip in October. We left from Colorado at the end of July and travelled through Utah, Arizona, Nevada, California, Oregon, Washington, Canada, Idaho, Montana, Canada. We had a beautiful trip and it would not have been possible without the help of hosts along the way. As you can imagine, we were on a very tight budget and there were some places that we couldn't find a place to pitch a tent. Couchsurfing saved us on many occasions, and we'd like to return the favor!
We have been lucky enough to surf a bit in Colorado, and have stayed with 3 wonderful hosts so far during our road trip of the American West. We cannot wait to return the favor of hosting other surfers when we make it to our final destination, Seattle!
Stacey: Really anything related to food- food rescue, eating food, making food, reading about food. Besides that, I love being outside, watching sunrises and sunsets, stargazing, road trips, traveling, knitting, reading, building things (or trying to), board games, and just hanging out!
Music, Movies, and Books
MOVIES that have inspired me to live my life:
Fox and The Hound
Into The Wild
180 Degrees South
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty
Away We Go
Absolutely everything; jazz, techno, rock, indie, metal, screamo, folk, classical, acoustic, electronic, hip hop, r&b, a cappella, blugrass, you name it. I'm least fond of Country and rap, but I could still always go for some Eminem or Toby Keith when the mood strikes me.
Call of the Wild
Into the Wild
War and Peace
The circle trilogy
Through Painted Deserts
the list is lengthy…
Stacey: The Alchemist, Anything by Margaret Atwood, The Circle Trilogy, Tan Vampires, Gregory Alan Isakov, Bon Iver, mellow/instrumental music in general, The Strokes, and lots more that I can't remember.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
Oh man...This is a tough thing to answer.
Okay, number one; When I graduated high school, my grandmother took me to France for two weeks as a graduation gift. We spent two weeks there, most of it in Paris. Paris was pretty cool, but incomparable to the Loire Valley, that was quite literally FILLED with castles. It was pretty awe-striking to wander around a ruined 11th century fortress thinking that at some point hundreds of years ago, knights and other cool cats were walking the same pathways. It was like going back in time, and it was pretty breathtaking.
I suppose another time would have to be skydiving. The actual dive was fairly unimpressive, but the 30 seconds leading up to the leap, and the 5 or so seconds after leaving the plane were pretty exhilarating. If you've been, you know what I mean, and if you haven't, its one of the most surreal things you'll ever witness; to stare up at the sky and watch the plane float away as if you're in some sort of blue and yellow matrix where time and physics are nonexistent...crazy stuff.
I've climbed five of Colorado's fourteeners in the last year, and I've spent many amazing nights backpacking in the wilderness out here. I'll miss Colorado, but I know she's prepared me for my life well. I can't wait to go see the world!
There are quite a few to choose from...Really. Tell ya what, you let me crash at your pad, and we'll talk about this stuff all night. Cool?
-Finishing a 10,000 mile road trip with my best friend while living out of a small car and a tent. We saw beautiful things that are hard to put into words.
-Hiking to a giant pineapple farm in Mastatal, Costa Rica, plucking the pineapple from the ground, cutting it open with a machete, and eating it right there in the middle of thousands of pineapples with a lifelong friend.
-Dancing around the kitchen during my last night in Colorado with the best of friends while singing, crying, and laughing at the same time.
-Hiking 28 miles from the North Rim to the bottom of the Grand Canyon and back. It was amazing, but I will never do that again.
-Finding False Kiva in Canyonlands while racing the sunlight and meeting two wonderful travelers along the way. Then we all enjoyed a cantaloupe.
-Moving to Colorado after spending 23 years of my life in New England. This has opened up my life in so many ways.
-Watching sunset at the Great Sand Dunes with people that I love forever and always.
-Hiking in Cinque Terre. The most scenic and beautiful hiking views to date. Or at least Top 5.
Teach, Learn, Share
What I can offer: Just about everything about Digital photography when discussing portraits, beauty, fashion, landscape, low-light, studio, post production, documentary, commercial, surrealism, photo-manipulation, etc. I know the ins and outs of Photoshop CS6. I can teach quite a bit about dark room procedures and other film developing techniques, but I'm not necessarily a pro in that field. I do claim to be a pro in the Canon DSLR world and will share any and all knowledge I have with you :).
Things I would like to learn: Survival techniques. anything dealing with hunting in the wild, or what to eat/not eat among local flora and fauna. I'm also interested in becoming a better rock climber, kayaker, and low-budget traveler. I have some experience, but not enough. I'd really enjoy becoming an expert. Anything dealing with backcountry camping or climbing or hiking or ANYTHING!!! I'm also interested in honing my Spanish, and picking up on any European language, or Korean, Chinese, Russian...Actually...Any language.
I can share anything about my life with you. I'm an open book :).
Stacey: I could share skills on volunteer coordination, event planning, recruiting, working with youth, food rescue, and more. I like learning about different religions and cultural traditions, and really anything else.
What I Can Share with Hosts
We can offer a comfortable and safe space for surfers to hang out in!
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, Costa Rica, France, Italy, Malta, Spain
Countries I’ve Lived In
Italy, United States