I am a multi-faceted man , with only a few facets being expressed at any one time. There is too much to say, it's difficult to fit a description of my character into a box(though I could be described as a bit square, at times;), plus it would take some of the mystery out of it anyway. I have a side that loves the mountains, backpacking/roughing it, another side that enjoys the desert (rock climbing in Joshua Tree!) and yet another part of me misses the beaches of Hawaii, where I was born and spent summers for many years while growing up.
I should let it be known that I am a brain cancer survivor and come from a family with some bad cancer genetics (mom died young and both sisters are also survivors.) That experience has improved my outlook on life, in ways that cannot be conveyed. I am so grateful for still being here to enjoy the LOVE of my children, the beauty of the world, and this incredible place we live. I am beyond happy that I made it through that scary ordeal! Even though it's been close to 8 years since I was declared "clean," I still wake up each morning thankful for another day!
I've traveled to Europe once and loved it, but need to return to fit in a trip to Italy, because I wasn't able to make it last time. Besides that trip really requires romance and a woman I love, to be done right! I have spent some time in Mexico, both on the Baja, and the Gulf for SCUBA diving (Cozumel) and would enjoy returning there someday. Costa Rica is another of the many destinations on my list, I am an Orchid cultivator/lover and would enjoy walking where they grow native! It would be nice to have a brave woman to travel the world with, some day, especially one with a command of more than English, ie. Spanish, Italian, or any other language! Though I am fairly fluent in Spanish(Mexican, not Spain, Spanish,) but out of practice without anyone to practice it with. After my trip, I decided to try and learn Italian, bought the CD course, and it still sits on my shelf staring at me, reminding me of another project I didn't complete.
My Europe trip included many miles of hiking/walking; Spain's Sierra Nevada, Granada's Alhambra, Sevilla's cathedrals,the Swiss Alps (Matterhorn!). Paragliding in Interlaken Switzerland was the highlight, though! I ended my trip in Paris with long walks through Paris, including, of course, the Louvre, and Musee d' Orsay(too much to take in in a few days, so I cheated and bought the picture books!) I met a friend over there and he took me to some of his favorite restaurants, so I was able to experience some French cooking, that was not included in my Julia Child Cookbook...GOTTA LOVE THE CUISINE OF FRANCE!
I am an AVID outdoor lover and thrill seeker who loves to capture as much of nature's beauty, in digital images. Many of my greatest adventures have been solo hikes and climbs in the mountains of WA, OR, and CA. This past summer (2011,) was the best one yet for backpacking with my kids. We were able to take 4 backpacking trips that season: Silver Star Mountain, PCT to Gillette Lake, Blue Lake by MSH, and a 3 day trip to the Goat Rocks Wilderness. I hope to increase the number of backpacking trips with my kids, each year, as my schedule allows. One day, I hope to take them to climb Mt. Adams, and hopefully, someday a few of the many 14'ers in the CO Rockies, and in CA's Sierras! One of my greatest dreams is to take them to the Alps of Switzerland and Italy to go explore, hike, paraglide and have fun in the ALPS and of course EAT PIZZA, PASTA, and TIRAMISU in Bella Italia!
I am also happy just snuggling, watching movies and/ or cooking at home, during downtime, or poor/rainy weather. I LOVE COOKING and am pretty good at it (10 years in restaurants as a sous chef, broiler, pastry cook, prior to my science career!)
Though this section is as close a depiction of myself from my perspective, I need to state that the whole point is that I want more than anything to connect with an HONEST, caring, intelligent, adventurous, kind, and fit woman, for a lasting/long-term and fulfilling relationship. I know she's/your out there, we just have not crossed paths yet, but soon will, I KNOW IT!
Let's go grab life and live it to the fullest, laughing and giggling during the whole incredible ride! We only get one shot at this adventure, we need to glean as much fun, LOVE, and excitement from the short time we have here...Let's CHARGE!