4 years ago my life changed forever when I met my wife Daijha and we began sharing in the adventure of life together. Luckily for both of us, our separate paths before we met had been running parallel, so we simply continued on that path as one. Our favorite thing to do is to travel, but we don't always enjoy being tourists.Luckily our jobs have afforded us the opportunity to not only travel, but to stay for long periods of time and become part of a community instead of viewing it from the perspective of an outsider. It's amazing how different people and places are once you break down the "tourist barrier." Our most recent experience was a 1 year stay in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca Costa Rica on the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. We met many amazing people and experienced some wonderful things, but logistically, it was just too far away from Family. While we crave adventure and moved to Costa Rica to live as organically and simply as we could, both of us are ready to stay in one place for longer than 1-2 years. We both grew up in Texas, but it has never been our cup of tea. We've visited Oregon several times and have always told ourselves that when it's time to settle down, Oregon would be our place. This move will be made easier by the fact that my parents are only a few years from retirement and they will also be moving to Oregon.
Aside from our love of travel, we have also both been chefs during one adventure of our lives. We love to cook (and eat!) and we love to host friends and family. My specialties are North Carolina style BBQ and Szechuan cuisine. I opened a Gastropub in southern Colorado with my brother in 2008, and while it was wildly successful, we could not weather the financial crisis that hit only a few months after we opened. My mantra is that there are no failures in life, only learning experiences that make you stronger and more capable of future successes. This one hit pretty hard, but I've been able to use the skills that I learned during that adventure almost every day in my life since.
The final love in our life is our 10 year old Siberian Husky Dakota. I've had him since he was a 1 year old pup. He's a rescue dog, which always make for the best personalities. He traveled on our adventure with us to Costa Rica and while we're glad we had him with us, I don't think I could go through the stress of putting him on a plane again. He is the most friendly dog I have ever met, though don't tell him he's a dog. He love to hike, pull you up the side of mountains like a sled dog, and also loves to sleep his average 17 hours a day. He does not however play with any dog toys and never has. He lives for trails and sleeping the day away on a deck or porch.
We look forward to our next adventure in Eugene Oregon and all of the wonderful people we will meet and share in this adventure.