Just curious Lin, are you a woman or man? I am not familiar with the name Lin so I am not sure. I am guessing woman but unsure, not that it matters but?
Where do you live, I live near Zion, Bryce and the Grand Canyon Nat Parks, in the middle between them at the southwest edge of the Grand Staircase Nat Monument. In a small community of 500 people and am a cook for a local business.
I am 58 (in January) and have been an adventure traveler for almost 40 years. I travel by bicycle and backpack, never driven a motor vehicle since I was 16 in 1972 when I had a moped. I have been to and traveled all over the USA mainland including Alaska. I have bicycle toured for 31 years traveling about 5000 miles a year and have done many multi night backpacking trips as well. I have lived outdoors about 276 days a year since 1982.
I worked from 1982 to 2009 in Jackson WY as I mentioned before during the summers and then took September to May off on my adventure travels. I am currently work for the next 9 months to take off a couple years in late 2014 to mid 2016 to just travel by bike,foot and train.