I am an assistant professor of political science at Humboldt State University. I have two dogs, Crosby and Beepie, but for the most part I leave them at home when I travel. I love to travel and the flexibility of staying in an apartment or house rather than in a hotel. I often travel for professional conferences to San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington,D.C., and I travel to Seattle (where I lived for 10 years) about once a year. I live in a rural place, so while people travel to my town for the redwoods, the beach and quaint scenery, I tend to spend my vacations in cities walking around enjoying cosmopolitan culture, music and food!