I am your host, a 42-year old single small animal veterinarian. I am an avid backpacker traveler, visiting over a twenty-five countries. I grew up in Alaska and return yearly to work as part of the medical team for the Iditarod dogsled race. I am an avid gardener and part of your experience is to share my little garden! I am quiet and strive to create a little place of solace from the day-to-day hassles of living in a city. I am a 'liberal', love to read good fiction, and find myself listening to NPR much more than watching t.v. And, lastly, I believe Portland is a special place to be explored! Portlanders touts so many 'bests': Bike City USA, Dog City USA, Bridge City USA, Green City USA and so much more. My life motto: Live life as you only get one chance.