I'm a retired high school teacher, married but frequently travelling alone as my wife is not as enthusiastic a traveller as I am. I enjoy many outdoor pursuits, including bouldering, rock climbing and mountaineering, hiking, cycling and whitewater rafting. I enjoy good food and drink and am very comfortable helping out in the kitchen. I am pretty low maintenance and at home in "basic" conditions, but certainly enjoy the little comforts and conveniences when they are available. California has a great combination of outdoor opportunities and benign weather, so I am frequently headed there. I am making sporadic attempts to learn Spanish, so that and the climate attract me to Latin America - I've spent time in Guatemala, Costa Rica and Panama. I'm a bit of an information junkie, so usually have my Touch or Macbook Air close to hand when not outdoors. I'm a firm believer in enjoying yourself while you can, and in "use it or lose it"! As a guest, I'm happy to join in conversations and activities, but am very capable of amusing myself as needed. I have opinions and life experiences and am happy to share them in a relaxed setting, but have no need to push them on others.