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(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 in or from the Phoenix area, do not ask us to host because you fly out early or are in between apartments. That is not why we do this. We want people from abroad to see what real Americans are like, not how media portrays us.
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, Washington, Wyoming, Colorado, and Alaska. Every day in the field is a good day.
My husband, David, is a sports photographer for a university. He has covered every 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 both of 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 there were six+ kids (not ours) sleeping over, and other times it was a teenager whose parents kicked him out for being "different." We are just that kind of family.
When we travel overseas, we want to couchsurf, but not without extending that courtesy to others first. There are lots of opportunities for us to open our home to those who just need a night or two during their journey/adventure/quest to make things more cost-effective and safe. Hopefully, karma will return the favor during our adventures.
David and I are traveling to Egypt for a couple weeks in 2021. We were supposed to go in 2020. We will be in Cairo a couple days, then take a small dahabiya up the Nile from Luxor to Aswan, then travel to the Siwa Oasis.
- american football
- ancient history
- ancient cultures
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, Monuments Men, Facing the Giants, Dodgeball, Warm Bodies, National Treasure, My Big, Fat, Greek Wedding, Letters to Juliet, Baptists at our Barbecue, The Greatest Showman, Moana, Brave
Books (in no order): The Count of Monte Cristo (A. Dumas) - greatest book ever!! The Amelia Peabody Series (E. Peters) Let's Pretend This Never Happened (J. Lawson) The Sex Lives of Cannibals (J.M. Troost) 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 115 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 and want to help others; it just tends to be the bad ones who get noticed.
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, France, Haiti, Mexico
Countries I’ve Lived In