I've been lucky enough to live and visit some great places, and am looking forward to continuing to explore and enjoy. I'm married with two young daughters, and our home is made crazier (and furrier) by two dogs and three cats. Early life was spent in the Midwest and Pacific Northwest, and enjoyed the South and East for several years, and am now back living in the Midwest. (A few brief spans living overseas and several memorable vacations are mixed in as well)
I enjoy hiking, camping, reading, theater, good food and great coffee, running, swimming, SCUBA, rock climbing... Professionally I'm a research scientist with an optical physics background and exploring chemistry and material science more and more. I admire musicians, artists of all flavors and those who can speak several languages hugely, and wish I had some talent for any or all of them. My true passion is watching my girls grow up and am looking forward to many trips and adventures with them.
When traveling solo I'm pretty self sufficient, but always enjoy meeting new people and or finding a great new spot. I'm perfectly happy in a park with a book or wandering a museum, but also easy to convince to go grab a beverage, caffeinated or frothy.