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  • 16 references 15 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Arabic (Egypt), Spanish
  • 60, Female
  • Member since 2017
  • Project Archaeologist; Zombie and Zombie Recruiter at Zom...
  • Doctoral Studies in Applied Archaeology
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About Me

(I am moving this to the front of our profile as once again I received an advance request).

I travel almost weekly for fieldwork, and my husband travels a couple times a month covering sports, so advance requests are not practical. Please do not request more than one week in advance.

Also, if you are from the Phoenix area, do not ask us to host because you fly out early, are in between apartments, etc. That is not why we do this. We want to help people who are traveling.

Disclaimer done!

My family is all about adventure but in our individual ways. I am an archaeologist, and I love what I do. I work in Arizona (naturally), Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Oregon, and Alaska. Every day in the field is a good day.

My husband, David, is a sports photographer for a university. He has shot every type of event including the Olympics and 20+ Super Bowls. He has also covered fires, murders, hostage situations, been nominated for three Pulitzers, and won a Pulitzer in 2018. He is amazing!

We have the cutest and smartest dogs named Big (Miniature American Eskimo) and Audi (Alaskan Klee Ki). Every Couchsurfer falls in love with them.

Friends say I should write a book with all the stuff we have done: two summer rim to rim hikes across the Grand Canyon...110 degrees at night; crash expensive New Year's Eve parties; worked as extras in a couple movies; was an alternate for two seasons of Survivor...yes, the TV show; my obsession with Halloween; a Zombie for Zombie WarZ (people shoot Zombies with paintballs), and all the crazy things as an archaeologist.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing

From the time our kids were born, we were the hang-out house. Sometimes six+ kids (not ours) we’re sleeping over, and other times it was a teenager whose parents kicked him out for being "different." We look out for others.

We want to open our home to those who just need one or two nights during their journey/adventure to make things cheap, relaxing, and safe.


  • photography
  • movies
  • reading
  • traveling
  • hiking
  • american football
  • adventures
  • archaeology
  • ancient history
  • egyptology
  • deserts
  • the beach
  • halloween
  • ancient cultures
  • arizona

Music, Movies, and Books

Music: I like alternative, lounge, country, etc., basically, everything except heavy metal and opera.

Movies (in no order): Raiders of the Lost Ark (duh!), The King's Speech, Mulan, Clue, Return to Me, Facing the Giants, Dodgeball, Warm Bodies, National Treasure, My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding, Letters to Juliet, Baptists at our Barbecue, Brave, Rocketman

Books (in no order): The Count of Monte Cristo (A. Dumas), The Amelia Peabody Series (E. Peters), Let's Pretend This Never Happened (J. Lawson), Galileo's Daughter (D. Sovel), Compass (A. Gurney), Longitude (D. Sovel), The Bible (God and lots of helpers)

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

I completed a six-month, solo, desert archaeological survey that covered 6,500 acres with temperatures over 118 degrees F. In that time I hiked over 800 miles and located 145 previously unrecorded archaeological sites. When I got to the end, I turned around and covered the same area again to do the second phase of the project for the next six months.

Best year of my life!

Teach, Learn, Share

People all over the world are more alike than we think.
I am not naive, but I believe most people are good.

What I Can Share with Hosts

Knowledge of our collective past, a real interest in our hosts' own history, the photography skills of my husband, stories of real America (NOT the news version), and a great sense of humor!

Note: In the "Countries I've Visited" section, it is David who has been to France and the Bahamas, not me.

Countries I’ve Visited

Bahamas, Canada, Egypt, France, Haiti, Mexico, United States, Virgin Islands, U.S.

Countries I’ve Lived In

United States

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