I am an ethnoarchaeologist by training, multi-cultural by birth.  I live and work in Missoula, MT and have spent extended time in New Mexico, Vermont, Eastern Oregon, Venezuela, the Southern Appalachians, the Columbia Plateau of Washington, Snake River Plain in Idaho, central China, and Taiwan.  I have worked as a surveyor and field hand on archaeological crews, as a hunter-gatherer in tropical grasslands, and experienced the lifestyle of a traditional Venezuelan ranch.  Some of these experiences might creep into my perceptions of this historic diary, which I feel is a great honor to have read and shared with you.