Keillor for being a great storyteller.
Denver for helping me fall in love with wild places.
Abbey for trying to protect them.
Knievel for being a fearless adrenaline junky before it was cool.
I don't have a long term plan for my life...I have long term PLANS. I have multiple possibilities as to which direction my life could go. I usually follow the path that has the most heart, change course when it doesn't...and things always seem to turn out okay.
I absolutely love traveling, mostly by bike. I'm an avid cyclist almost to the point of addiction. It's the most fun and liberating thing I can think of to do. My bike gets me around town, to work each day and is a freedom tool, taking me to amazing places all around the world. I have mountain biked through Tibet and Nepal to base camp on Mt. Everest, ridden from Cairo, Egypt through ten countries to Capetown, South Africa and this past summer rode from St. Petersburg to Barcelona, Spain. I have just began training to bicycle from Cartegena, Columbia to the southern most tip of South America from July - December.
Summer usually finds me bouncing around the desert southwest on my bike as well.
I know. I know. Too much about bikes.
I am an environmental warrior, but not as militant as I once was, however I try to leave the smallest mark on the world that I can (see biking everywhere). Had I been born in the right decade, and in the right place I'm sure I would have been a hippie. Currently researching how to build my own tiny house so I can live/work anywhere.
I have recently had the idea of taking that tiny house (or a camper perhaps) down to the Florida Keys, then driving all the way up to Seattle, all on back roads, and not passing through a town without stopping and volunteering at least once, and accepting no money. Mow a lawn, help trim trees, help a family move etc. I figure a bit more good vibes out in the universe couldn't hurt any.
I am currently teaching Drawing and Painting at the high school level-trying to show kids that there is more to life than computers, video games and the great indoors, hoping I can get them to realize that life is to be participated in and not viewed in the palm of your hand. (amendment: I just resigned from this job today!)
Here's where I am a hypocrite; I also freelance as a graphic designer which puts me in front of a computer for several hours each day. Jewelry is another fantastic way in which I can express myself...and a way that I can make a nice chunk of money every now and then...I'm talking real hand made stuff here...no beads on a string.
I have not owned a television for 10 years so if you are in to watching lots of movies, tv, especially reality shows perhaps you should exit now.
I'm not much for small talk, and like deeper conversations, and enjoy having them with other people who are willing to question the world and how "things" work. So, if you think that Noahs ark was real, well, then this is your second warning to exit my profile. : )
The Monkey Wrench Gang
The Kindness of Strangers
Into the Wild
To Kill a Mockingbird
Count of Monte Cristo
The Things They Carried
Dan Brown novels
The Shawshank Redemption
All the Indiana Jones movies
(I actually don't mind predictable chick flicks sometimes)
Bluegrass, folk, old rock I grew up with in high school
John Denver, Old Crow Medicine Show, Michael Franti, Boston, Bruce Springstein, Michael Hearne, Joe Pug, just to name a few.
Wait wait don't tell me
Prairie Home Companion
The Young Turks
Mike O'meara podcast
Joe Rogen Podcast
Adam Carolla podcast
The Best Medicine podcast
Local foods, local restaurants
2. What I am going to do next, professionally, to make me happy/challenge me/scare the crap out of me.
3. Where I am going to travel next! I'm thinking about Australia next summer, or perhaps the Pan American Highway.
Ideally loading the car and heading out to wild places, to see friends who live in interesting places.
...you want to travel (by bike) around the country or the world.
...you are athletic, fit, active & adventurous.
...if I message you first. It's just polite.