I'm from Palo Alto, CA and originally the Monterey Peninsula. I love the outdoors, outdoor education, reading, and anything involving mountains, water, or boats. My favorite destinations so far have included Abu Dhabi, Lake Mary, CA, the south coast of Maui, Joshua Tree, and Baja California Sur.
Some of my favorite books include A Walk in the Woods, Baghdad Without a Map, Angle of Repose, and Alice, Let's Eat.
I love all different kinds of American roots music and am planning trips to Austin, Nashville, and the Mississippi Delta to experience my favorite musical traditions live.
Food is a very long story - definitely one of the best parts of travel. Anything fresh, flavorful, and spicy is on my list.
I prefer to travel light and keep it mellow and quiet wherever I'm staying. I'll go out of my way to discover the best meal in the area and figure out what's really worth seeing, as opposed to having a strict tourism checklist. But I am not above a good, kitschy tourist trap, especially Casa de Fruta!
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