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Sue Potter

Syracuse, New York, United States

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  • 5 Positive References
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 43, Female
  • Member since 2012
  • lifetime wanderer, learner and adven...
  • Associates Degree in psychology.
  • From Mexico, NY
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About Me

CURRENT MISSION

To travel and document through photography the people and places who make up The United States of America. A dream I am making a reality.

ABOUT ME

I have been called 'unique' all of my life - by the polite people, others use terms like 'odd', 'weird' or 'strange' ... atleast I am me and not trying to be someone else.

They have their reasons I suppose. Here's just one reason why they might think that way of me...

I am on a photographic/volunteering project traveling the USA exploring what makes us US!!! I'm planning on at least one year, likely more, on the road getting to know my fellow Americans one by one. {Update 1-5-14 : In 2013 I visited PA, SC, GA, FL TN and Staton Island, NY. In 2014 I hope to visit no less than 5 more staes .. the hopefuls are CO, MA, VT, ME, CT. At the momment)

My friend SANNIE (a.k.a. Sandy), recommended I try to arrange some travel stops thru CouchSurfing, and having seen her success first hand with this group, I said 'You're right' ... and here I am.

Do YOU have any suggestions/offers/ or volunteer ops for me??? I welcome all the help I can get - since my project "We Are US" IS about you and me = us!!!!

I have an extordinary invite to Hawaii thruogh CSing and one thruogh a friend's friend. I'll need a hand, or a boat to get there - but I've never met a better group of people than here on CouchSurfing and I think ya'll will see the value of my project. I hope anyway. :)

PHILOSOPHY

An ugly truth beats a beautiful lie, anyday.

Life is a giant school, we are meant to learn and lessons repeated until we do learn them.

I am also a learning geek, and belong to KhanAcademy, EdX, DuoLingo and MIT's OCW online - free education is great and worth while!

Why I'm on Couchsurfing

HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING

I use CouchSurfing to find hosts, who make it possible for me to travel the United States to do volunteer work, meet everyday people and photograph the beauty (and some of the ugly) that makes this country US!

Once I have visited all 50 states and 9 territories, then I hope to journey onward to the rest of the planet Earth, the big blue marble I call home.

I also hope to gain ANY travel advice I can to accomplish my goals.

visited 20 states (40%)Create your own visited map of The United States or Free ipad travel guide

I travel like Rolf Potts ! You are a travel legend in the making, with a sense of adventure that will lead to hundreds of fascinating stories. Locals all over the world will give you special nicknames, and almost all of them will be complimentary. What type of traveler are you? Take BootsnAll's Travel Quiz to find out.

COUCHSURFING EXPERIENCE

I have in 2013 had the chance to stay with several people through CS and through friends ... every single experience has been great and I am always making new friends.

As I travel the US, it's territories and the rest of The Blue Marble; I hope to make even more friends to share life with.

I moved in 2013 from "the sticks" (out in the country where cows are the first thing you smell in the morning and coyotes are the last thing you hear at night) to "the big city (okay, Syracuse anyway - big for a country girl) and now there are hole new things to hear (like "the music of our people' as my boyfriend puts it - sirens).

My hope is that we will be able to fix up (keep from freezing) the spare bedroom and offer a place for CSers to visit us.

Interests

I am omni-curious!!! I love the outdoors, read anything with words, and some things without words. i love to learn and am currently taking a dozen online classes (from math to neuroscience to world poverty, and a big mix in between).

I am by nature an artist, and express myself in my photography, glass engraving and paracord crafts. (All of which I also sell for a living - sort of a living).

getting to know people is one of my biggest places; and i love when new people introduce me to new things, foods, places and the like.

Music, Movies & Books

And I read, literally, anything I see with words when I get bored, so yeah lots of book genres that catch my fancy. I belong to Goodreads.com and I do book reviews of ARCs and I am even helping an author/friend to edit the sequel to their book I fell in love with. Someday I just might finish one of the dozen novels I've been working on for a couple decades.

When it comes to music, nearly anything goes and usually just depends on my mood at the momment. I am still looking for rap I'll enjoy - since the last rap I actually liked was RunDMC. lol - yes i am 'ancient' as my kids put it.

I haven't owned or really watched TV in many years - but I do search out good BBC series on the internet ... so, yeah, I'm a Whovian!

One Amazing Thing I've Done

Childbirth has to be THE most amazing thing in my life - that and how my children are now nearly all grown (the baby is 19), SO that probably explains this SECOND most amazing time in my life while I lived in North Carolina :

It was mid August and I was a nest mom for the leatherback turtles' nests on Oak Island. For yet another night I sat alone on a beautiful beach, well past dark as the last of the drunken vacationers stumbled back to their rented seaside cottages. It was always more protecting nests from the humans than the ghost crabs and birds, sadly.

Just before the end of my 'shift' (how long the son and boyfriend were comfortable with me sitting in the dark alone) - I heard a schuffle to my left. The two nests I was anxiously awaiting to erupt with hatchlings were both silent to my right. As I peered intently to my left, half wondering if it was a person or just a small animal louder in the pitch dark - I saw something moving about 10 feet from me. I admit it, I jumped, but it didn't matter because a late arrival was laying her nest, and once a momma leatherback picks a nesting site - she IS going to nest there. Turtle's safety prevents flash photography during nesting, but over an hour and a half later I watched and photographed sans flash , with by then a group of a dozen tourists, as the turtle completed digging the nest, laid over 120 eggs and filled it back in meticulously, then returned to the sea. (MY PHOTOS AT BOTTOM OF SCREEN : http://www.oakislandnc.com/recreation/sea_turtle.htm )

No sooner did the people leave and the nest immediately to the right of me erupted in hatchlings and for another stretch of time I was awestruck - as I guided hatchlings by flashlight to their fates in the ocean - it is truely a struggle for these creatures from the get-go!

I left Oak Island that very early morning, flying on cloud nine - truely struck by the beauty of nature. I joined my family who'd been fishing for the night on the Southport pier and was in for even more excitement.

As I walked out to the end of the pier where about 8 friends and family were fishing - my son, then 15, came running up to me - 'Mom, check this out - Randy has a stingray on the line' ...

I followed him in time to see the stingray brought onto the pier, then before anyone could get two Steve Irwin jokes out(no, offense, love ya dude) - the MOMMA stingray gave birth to 3 absolutely adorable, ghost like little creatures. One by one they were given a quick check and released into the water by our very experienced fishingmen/women. Momma followed soon after a delicate hook removal.

Nature will share her beauty with you if you respect her and if you get really - really lucky on the timing you could have an experience like this!!

Teach, Learn, Share

Hard work and hard play make for a happier, more fulfilled person.

You can not control others' actions, only your own reaction to them.

It is FAR CHEAPER to stay 2 nights at a hotel and fix your own car during a trip, than to tow home with AAA on the Fourth of July!! I only did it once! lesson learned.

When you stop looking for Mr Right, he'll find you, and he'll encourage you in whatever makes you happy. Only took 41 years to figure that one out!! ;)

Countries I've Visited

Canada, United States

Countries I've Lived In

United States

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