. . . then I've found my home! Allow myself to introduce . . . myself.
I'm a senior Natural Resources major at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. I hail from a little city called Mercer Island, an island in the middle of a lake (Lake Washington) just east of Seattle, Washington. I've been a wildlife/nature enthusiast for my entire life, an avid birder for the last 9 years, and enjoy few things as much as traveling and photography. I've also been rowing for the past 7 years, and am currently on the varsity heavyweight crew at Cornell.
So those are my passions: traveling, wildlife, rowing, etc. But what tops them all - my most profound passion - is Africa. I am absolutely in love with the place and all it has to offer. I've traveled fairly extensively in my short life, but no place has left such a big impact on me. I've stood atop Kilimanjaro, rafted the Zambezi, and watched the Atlantic meet the Indian. What I am most fond of, however, is the African bush - I have found few things as invigorating as an African sunrise, or hearing lions bellow and hyenas whoop at night.
My dream among dreams - what I consider the ultimate, and how I could die a happy man - is to find a job in the African bush, preferrably as a ecotourist guide or a park ranger. Lofty goals, perhaps, but even washing dishes or digging ditches for an ecotourist lodge would be a step in the right direction. I'm willing to do just about anything to get back to the bush.
Anyway, that's me, and that's why I'm here. I'm happy to find others who share my passion! I'm looking forward to meeting you all and talking about Africa and its flora and fauna. By the way, if anyone knows of anybody looking for someone to help out at their ecotourist venture, send my name their way
Glad to be here!