I am a university professor and passionate about about my teaching and research. I am from Illinois and my wife is from Passau, Germany. We have three children, ages 8, 13, and 15.
My family and I enjoy hiking, biking and other outdoors activities. My children love to read. We appreciate good food and enjoy cooking.
Our style of travel is minimalistic in that we don't bring a lot of unnecessary stuff with us. We are adventurous travelers and seek out unusual restaurants and sites that are off the beaten path.
I don't have a favorite destination because I like to visit new places each time. One of the most memorable places I have been was climbing the Simatai section of the Great Wall. The most difficult trip was doing a 12-day backpacking hike with my oldest son in the mountains of New Mexico. We enjoy traveling in Germany and Austria.