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I love to travel and meet people with different backgrounds and experiences from myself. My kids are grown and gone and I can hit the road again. Life has has been good to me and I want to share what i have as others shared with me throughout my life.
divorced father of two grown kids. Traveled through south and central America prior to college, family, kids for several years. I have always enjoyed sharing my home with others and joining others in theirs. When I was a boy, my parents would bring hitchikers home, feed them dinner and send them off in the morning. I have traveled by thumb over much of the country back when this was easier. I can offer a good place to head off to Seattle, the mountains, and anywhere in the north west of the USA. Tacoma offers beautiful views of Puget Sound, the Olympic, and Cascade Mountains.We have a wonderful museum of glass, art museum, historical museum,beautiful parks, and great restaurants from a variety of cultures and nations. This is a wonderful place to live and visit. On Clear days, Mt Ranier towers over us two hours away. I'll show you around with hikes, biking,ferry rides, maybe kayaking or power boating. I like to cook and share meals with friends and try new foods and recipees. We can bake bread and I will share honey with you from my bee hives.
We all grow and become better persons through sharing our lives with others. The greatest treasure we can have are our memories. When we are young, we value our friends, our dreams, our goals, our values. as we grow older, we add to that our memories, our families, the community we develope over our lives. I try to live my life sharing my life with others with a goal of having fun, creating memories, encouraging others to persue their dreams, goals, and values while I persue my own.I look forward to hearing the tales of adventurers and offering them safe refuge to inspire my new adventures.
Why I’m on Couchsurfing
HOW I PARTICIPATE IN COUCHSURFING
I have a couch or bed for singles or couples. 1-3 nights are best but we can talk about longer if needed. You can use my home as a base if you are going into the mountains and need a place to leave stuff. Happy to share meals and introductions to friends and family across the country that you can visit. You can sleep in my tree house any time the weather is good and wake up with a view of Puget Sound.
I have had guests from Australia, France, Korea, Ice Land, and USA. In January I will CS in Peru and in May will CS in South Africa.
bike riding, kayaking, hiking, reading, gardening, friends, discussing anything we can agree or not agree on. I am interested in how others perceive life, values, dreams, goals, religion, etc. the things that make us human. I started bee keeping seven years ago and the amount I still have to learn is constantly reinforced.
Music, Movies, and Books
i will read just about anything, almost compulsively but lean toward nonfiction. I subscribe to 11 magazines. My music leans toward the music of my youth, like most people but if you introduce me to something new, I'll probably like it. I like movies but don't take time for them. I shy away from emotionally difficult or trying topics as I see to much of that professionally as a hospice nurse. I would rather listen to someone else's story over dinner or a drink or two.
One Amazing Thing I’ve Done
canoed from Lago Agrio down the Agua Rico river in Ecuador to the Napo River on the Peruvian border by myself taking about 2 months to do it. I learned fishing with hooks and dynamite and toxic plants. Toxic plants is easiest and a lot less scary. trading with natives on the tributaries for fruit and yucca to eat. sprouting grains, legumes, in plastic bags for salads. Was cured of dysentery by a Brujo. Got arrested at a Peruvian army outpost as I crossed the unmarked border into Peru with my shotgun, fishing supplies, two cases of aguadiente and several cartons of cigarettes,the most valuable trade goods in the jungle. It showed me how lost I really was! We spent the next 10 days drinking, smoking and fishing. When the contraband was gone, they sent me back up the river and we parted friends for ever.This was in 1973.
Since then, I have hiked the Wonderland Trail, biked from San Diego to Cabo San Lucas, helped build a community center in Peru and a water project in Nepal..
What I am most proud of is raising my son and daughter who have become joy filled, generous, thoughtful, ethical, moral people human beings that I like and enjoy spending time with.
Teach, Learn, Share
I'm semi-fluent in Spanish, have been a nurse for 30 years. I know a lot about a lot of practical stuff that may or not be valuable to the traveler and am willing to share it. I can make a tasty meal out almost anything, how to grow sprouts for traveling for cheap nutritious cooking free food. I can teach you about bees and show you a hive in the summer.
What I Can Share with Hosts
I'm an easy guest. I clean up after myself and don't spread out to much. My life attitude toward life is a joyful one. I get up with a smile and keep quiet until the time is right. I would love to cook you a meal or enjoy yours. I'm curious about just about everything so I won't be bored or to boring. I can fix a lot of stuff that needs fixing you haven't gotten around to yet. If you are a talker, I'll listen. If you are a debater, I'll take the opposing side just for fun. I love to learn and to share and enjoy try new things and laugh.
Countries I’ve Visited
Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Egypt, Honduras, Jordan, Lesotho, Mexico, Nepal, Peru, South Africa, Spain, Venezuela
Countries I’ve Lived In
Ecuador, Turkey, United States, Uruguay