Sunday, September 14, 2014
Dorian The Bird Biker
A few weeks ago Roger and I had a lovely chance encounter with a young man who is walking across the country, and whose travels found him on our street. I did a post about it, and mentioned that we had asked Stephen if he had a place to stay for the night, which he did. In the comments on that post, fellow blogger Scott wrote this:
"Here's something you might want to consider (just a thought). A fellow named Dorian Anderson is doing a Big Year (of birding) by bicycling from the East Coast to the West Coast and back. In the process, he's raising money for bird conservation by taking online donations. Dorian is posting about his adventure on a blog called Biking for Birds (bikingforbirds.blogspot.com), and I've been following his exploits since the spring. He often lodges with generous, interesting people along his route to save money, and he's headed your way. Currently, he's in Cannon Beach, Oregon, and is biking down the coast, with the intention of stopping in Arcata. If you'd be interested in hosting him for a night, he'd appreciate it (unless he has already made other arrangements in the area). You can contact Dorian at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're interested. Disclaimer: If he turns out to be a serial killer, I absolve myself of any liability!"
Roger and I had a good laugh about the "serial killer" part. We talked about inviting him and agreed we should do it. So, I emailed Dorian and offered him a night in our little house while he is birding in Arcata. A few days went by, and then he responded. Yes. He would like to come and spend the night here. So, he did. He arrived Saturday, September 13.
Dorian is a very serious birder in a way that Roger and I are not. We love looking at birds, photographing them in their natural habitat. We rejoice in finding new birds and being able to identify them. But we've never kept a life list. We've never gone out of our way to see a bird. If we cross paths with a species we've never seen before, we are absolutely thrilled. We let chance be our guide. A truly serious birder gets up at dawn and is out of the house on the search for a Red-breasted Sapsucker, before Roger and I have even had our morning tea and toast. Dorian is a serious birder. He has traveled thousands and thousands of miles on a bicycle in pursuit of species he's never seen before. His photography is gorgeous and his passion is incredible fuel for his adventure. Check out his blog Biking for Birds.
We had a lovely dinner and a wonderful conversation. We're glad we took a chance and let a stranger with a dream spend the night with us. Thanks for the suggestion, Scott! We survived!
Posted by robin andrea at 10:09 PM