I'm a fit, energetic outdoors lover who divides his time between playing in and caring for the Wild and Wonderful aspects of WV. I've worked in the non-profit world, in government on environmental policy, been a consultant, public speaker, and a raft guide, savoring both the chance to give back and opportunities to play outdoors in this beautiful state. So either I'm leading a full and diverse life or I can't hold a job. Hmm.....
I consider myself to be motivated by four drivers: rational/logical, emotional, instinctive/spiritual, and sensual/sexual. I continually seek but never consistently achieve equal balance between them. Yeah, I know, kinda deep. I do spend time contemplating the meaning of things, but also plenty of time just having fun, whether adventures, catching a good movie, and quality time with friends.
I've spent about half of my adult life involved in a serious relationship, the other half enjoying my own company. As a 'cup more than half full' type of guy, I make the most of whatever my current circumstances are, whether committed, solitary, or dating. Life is good!
Despite what it says up top here, I'm not seeking the right puzzle piece for a pre-defined relationship with someone I haven't met yet. Rather I seek a strong connection and am content to define the particulars of the relationship then. That might mean a committed relationship or something more casual. I honor any commitment I make but don't require a commitment to appreciate good companionship. My first priority is to live a quality life and I'd welcome a partner in that pursuit, but partner or not I'm making the best of what I have!
I don't have any particular image of the 'ideal' mate or date, but qualities I appreciate include not only a shared interest in at least some of my outdoor adventures, but a twinkle in your eye and a spring in your step and an eagerness to talk in depth about whatever matters to you, to me, and to us. Good communication is vital, and touch is a very important form of communication.
Two cautions: I tend not to reply to initial messages that consist solely of "hey there" and come from one line profiles. I hope you have more substance than that to share, and will take the effort to refer to something that makes you think we might be a good match. And although I've spent my life striving to build consensus, identify shared values, find the good in everyone, and cherish a spirited discussion with someone whose perspective differs from mine, if you find yourself glad Donald Trump is President, we just have too many fundamental value differences to ever have potential.
If what you read here prompts you to make contact and share some of your own positive outlook, please do!
Conversation Starters (i.e. what you'd like to do on a first date...)
An informal meet anywhere we can have the chance to get to know each other in a comfortable setting. I like outdoor venues but a meal or drink in a quiet place work well too.