A friend once described me as a bird who cannot be caged, but he was awfully happy to have me migrate to his yard from time to time...his description is pretty accurate, I think! Quirky, quick to laugh, usually with my camera and a mug of tea nearby, I'm a positive person who tries to make the best of every situation I encounter. I'm passionate about my PhD (in ecology) and traveling, and do whatever I can to make those work out (often together), filling in the gaps with great friends, good food, good beverages, meeting new people, and trying new things as often as I can. I'm equally happy staying in a tent, a yurt, a BnB, or camping under the stars! I can usually rest well anywhere I lay my head. I try very hard to be a considerate guest, trying to leave the space I've stayed in in the same or better shape than it was in when I arrived.