I am a working professional writer and editor, employed with the same Seattle company for the past 16 years. A sailor, hiker, cyclist, novice birder and adventurous traveler. I enjoy meeting local people when I travel, and finding interesting places to stay, away from the tourist strips. I'm a quiet nonsmoker, and am respectful of my surroundings, inside and outside, wherever I go, but I know how to enjoy life. I look forward to meeting my hosts, but I don't expect a lot of their time.