We are Ken and Spyder. Ken originally from Chicago and Spyder from Milwaukee, WI. We have been Air BnB hosts for over 3 years, but in a home in SW Portland. We purchased and moved into this sweet 1909 "Four-Square" in July 2014, and are still putting on a few finishing touches. We hope our home reflects our shared warm and whimsical personalities! It is something of a celebration center with lots of dinners, dance lessons, classes, parties and seminars held here.
About Ken: I love Portland. Our quirky people, our food, the natural environment and the grace with which people easily evolve acquaintances into friendships.
I've traveled widely and speak French, decent German, survival Spanish and the international language of cooking. If I had a month to go anywhere I'd probably choose Italy for its food and mellow character. I've lived in Cameroon West Africa while in the Peace Corps, worked and lived in St. Louis and went to graduate school in upstate New York at Cornell.
My career is in the finance industry and I have a very mainstream background but socially and politically am usually on the liberal side of most social issues.
My passion is the outdoors where I spend a lot of time hiking, camping and cross-country skiing.
I am also passionate about creating and participating in community. Our home is regularly hosting an event of some sort and guests are always welcome to participate. Examples have included salsa dancing, champagne tasting, pizza making, movie nights, meditation circles, workshops and seminars. Since I'm not a musician or artist in any traditional sense, I contribute the art of being the host and see it as a sacred goal to bring people together in grace and comfort.
I'm a regular at ecstatic dance in Portland where on any night of the week you can find a fun, free-form dance to attend. Am a fan of Burning Man too having attended a few times.
Favorite places in Oregon include Breitenbush Hot Springs, Alvord Dessert, Wallowa Mountains, water falls, our coastline, Sunriver, the Columbia River Gorge and most places where big trees grow.
About Spyder: I’ve been living in Portland for 7 years, and love the fact that I can enjoy winter snow sports on the mountain, then leave it all behind, come home and hop on my bike to get around (you can't do that in Wisconsin in the winter)! I love more than anything to be in nature and Oregon lends itself to that in extraordinary ways, from mountains to ocean to desert, rainforests, hot springs, and more.
My next big adventure is to go scuba diving in a beautiful reef somewhere in this hemisphere.
I'm the mother of an aerialist/stilt walking circus performer!
All aspects of health and wellness is my passion. I am a Shiatsu practitioner and transformational coach (feel free to ask me what that is!) Eating well has been a focus since early adulthood and enjoy cooking, gardening and going to the farmer’s market. I also enjoy making herbal tinctures, tea blends, healing salves and rich body butters.
Boredom is not in my vocabulary. I'm a bike commuter, rock climber, backpacker, x-country skier, snowboarder, dancer. I love being creative, and making music. Ken and I met through ecstatic dance here in Portland, and it is a beautiful, heartfelt community.
Sure, we do this to make a few extra bucks but more importantly, we do it for the chance to meet new people and to help them find the beauty of the Portland area that we love. Our style is very low-tech and hands-off. If you like to chill out on your own, please feel at home doing that. If you'd like to share a cup of coffee or a glass of wine - so much the better.
We look forward to meeting you in our home.