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  • 49 References 39 Confirmed & Positive
  • Fluent in English; learning Spanish
  • 61, Other
  • Member since 2008
  • Retired air traffic controller (Neil); Photographer (Conn...
  • Degree from SCSU
  • From Benson, MN
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About Me

Enjoying another Minnesota summer. Getting the most from my gardens.


We are two Middle Americans, Neil and Connie, and one German Shorthair pointer, Ziggy. If you come here, it will be more like "house surfing" than couch surfing. The main house is a vacation rental. There are photos and a calendar on our website. If you come when the house is vacant, you get the whole house. Nice for a group outing. If the house happens to be rented when you stop by, we do have a very comfy leather couch.

We love life on the lake in "Greater Minnesota". We are trying to promote Rural Couchsurfing. Our place is exactly halfway between Minneapolis and Fargo, about 20 miles south of Interstate 94.

Neil & Connie like to travel and host interesting people. Although Ziggy enjoys the occasional car ride, he prefers running around the neighborhood over long trips. He is a friendly host though, with or without us. We do have a need for house/dog sitters from time to time.


Life is short, enjoy all that it has to offer. Cheers, Salud, Sláinte, Peace.

Why I’m on Couchsurfing


I think we have discovered our CS niche. We try to connect with other CSer whenever possible, and recruit new members. Since we live "in the sticks" here in Minnesota farm country, we don't have many requests. We encourage people to make this a destination, and stay for at least a few days. Also would like to organize others in the area. Neil is the moderator of the Rural Couchsurfing USA: Minnesota group.


Summer '09 we spent a night with Deb & Dan near Nisswa, MN and two nights at FINCA SARAMANDAIA in Coata Rica. We had seven great CS stays on our Winter '09 road trip. From the Mississipps Delta to the Gulf Coast of Texas to majestic rocks of Sedona, Canyon de Chelly and the Rockie Mountains. We also continue to have similar experiences with members of our other international group, the Hash House Harriers. Previously we have found hashers to put us up in London, Edinburgh, Boston and New Orleans. On road trip '09 we added new hash friends in New Orleans, Houston, El Paso, and Tucson. Great hosts in the Nederlands, Scotland, London and Kent in 2014.
In turn, we have hosted a number of hashers and a few CSer visiting Minnesota, including a family of seven! February 2010 we hosted the snow fort invasion. July 2011 we hosted our first surfer from outside of North America. We hope to be able to host many more, and with an entire three bedroom house empty, we have plenty of room. Come up to Minnesota and see why we love it here.


Travel, (duh!), hashing, photography, meeting people from all over, hiking, camping, fishing, gardening, enjoying good food, beer and wine, peace and the rule of law by democracy.

  • dogs
  • photography
  • dining
  • cooking
  • wine
  • beer
  • running
  • gardening
  • traveling
  • socializing
  • fishing
  • hiking
  • camping
  • surfing
  • law
  • mountains

Music, Movies, and Books

Most "real music". Local artists that you haven't heard of, performing live. Genres include rock, folk, blues, bluegrass, jazz, zydeco, Irish/Celtic, reggae and more.

One Amazing Thing I’ve Done

Not so amazing, but I lived in a castle in England.

Teach, Learn, Share

Cooking, wine and beer tasting, photography.

What I Can Share with Hosts

My knowledge of fishing, gardening, cooking, etc.

Countries I’ve Visited

Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Morocco, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, United States

Countries I’ve Lived In

United Kingdom, United States

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