I love nature, meeting other people and traveling. Since retiring from the University of Florida in Fall 2012, I have been busy! Gainesville and the surrounding area has so much to offer. My days could be as simple as preparing a meal and watching our Florida sunset or having a full day's adventure of kayaking our serene rivers or going to the springs. I also enjoy going "downtown" for a meal and then venturing to the Hippodrome theater for a show or to one of the free music events at the downtown plaza. Since arriving in Gainesville over 25 years ago, I have developed long lasting friendships and connections resulting in many discoveries of the true Gainesville. I enjoy showing newcomers these treasures so that they too can experience Gainesville and North Central Florida off the beaten path.