Photographed by Anna-Alexia Basile.
Names: Charles Post
and Meg Haywood-Sullivan
Charles: PhD student and ecologist, Meg: professional photographer and model
Almost two years
How did you two meet?
"We met after Meg's truck broke down on her move from Montana to San Diego. Long story short, while her truck was in the shop, she posted a photo of herself at Muir beach on Instagram. My best buddy saw the photo, and sent me her number. I called, we linked up to go surfing, and I ended up moving in with her that day.
Tell us about the birdwatching!
"My grandmother was an avid birdwatcher and she used to take me on nature walks every day after school. I guess you could say I was destined to become a naturalist. Now I'm working on a PhD with a focus on birds. Megan has always been fascinated by wildlife, and fortunately for me, she has become my trusty field research assistant and bird-watching sidekick!"
You guys go on a lot of outdoor adventures. What's your favorite memory of a place you've visited together?
"That’s a tough one! It would have to be exploring Great Basin National Park on the border of Nevada and Utah. We were mid-road trip from Moab to San Francisco when we stumbled across this amazing place. It’s one of the least visited National Parks in the country, yet it is one of our favorites because of its high alpine streams, groves of aspens, and beautiful night skies."
What qualities do you love most about your partner?
"I love how driven, passionate, and motivated Meg is. She's also incredibly funny and witty, which keeps me smiling and entertained, especially on long road trips or hikes."
"Charles has everything I look for in a partner-in-crime. He’s always up for an adventure and he never ceases to make me laugh."
What's your idea of quality time?
"Whenever we have free time, we love to hang out at the horse stable where I work and play with the horses and go riding. Surfing, hiking, backpacking, fishing, and hunting are also some of our favorite ways to enjoy free time."
"Quality time is whenever we get a chance to tune out and be together, preferably outside. When we’re not working you can find us surfing, hiking with friends, going on mini-road trips, and taking way too many photos."