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The Epic Kick-off of “The Voyage of Discovery” International Event

Location of Pennsylvania in North America
Location of Pennsylvania in North America

 

Date: March 28, 2015 

Location: Laurel Mountain Inn Steakhouse & Lounge; Bakersville, Pennsylvania, USA

Collection of World Flags; 2015
Collection of World Flags; 2015

 

The event was a contribution to all of the love and support that I have been given throughout my world travels. From the very start of my career as a Marine Mammal Scientist, to my recent and 60th UN-recognized country, the friendships that I have created, strengthened, and honored have definitely helped me find the mental endurance to continue traveling while never losing sight of my goals.

Each and every individual that was part of the event have inspired me in some way or other, and I could not think of a better way to show my appreciation than to have an event highlighting my most exhilarating, challenging, and rewarding adventure yet – “The Voyage of Discovery.”

This was a celebration for the start of the world trip and the upcoming voyage of accomplishing my biggest life’s dream, of traveling to every country in the world. This was a low key event, with food, music, dancing, and a few surprises were present throughout the day. Most importantly, I had the opportunity to catch up with my close friends and family, and was able to chill out with them before leaving the country at the end of the year.  Here are some of the best photographs from the weekend event:

Oakley (Jeep Wrangler), Josh, and I; Snowy Temps; 2015
Oakley (Jeep Wrangler), Josh, and I; Snowy Temps; 2015

 

An English Teacher & A Student; A Mentor & A Friend; 2015
An English Teacher & A Student; A Mentor & A Friend; 2015

 

The Boys & Josh; 2015
The Boys & Josh; 2015

 

The Losinger Family; 2015
The Losinger Family; 2015

 

Benford Family Group Photograph; 2015
Benford Family Group Photograph; 2015

 

My Dad & His Children; 2015
My Dad & His Children; 2015

 

Group Photograph; 2015
Group Photograph; 2015

 

My Favorite Peeps (Most PSU Alumni); 2015
My Favorite Peeps (Most PSU Alumni); 2015

 

Krystal & Trent (Awesome Couple); 2015
Krystal & Trent (Awesome Couple); 2015

 

Rockwood High School Good Mates; 2015
Rockwood Area High School Good Mates; 2015

 

My Best Friend Kate (One of my Biggest Supporters); 2015
My Best Friend Kate (One of my Biggest Supporters); 2015

 

The Kuna Family; 2015
The Kuna Family; 2015

 

A Few Members of the Benford Family + Gram; 2015
A Few Members of the Benford Family + Gram; 2015

 

The Lundie Family; 2015
The Lundie Family; 2015

 

Becky and I; High School Mates; 2015
Becky and I; High School Mates; 2015

 

My Second Mom, Terry; 2015
My Second Mom, Terry; 2015

 

Thank you to Jake Young for putting your talent to use!

Jake & I (My Photographer for the Event & Cousin); 2015
Jake & I (My Photographer for the Event & Cousin); 2015

 


I rented a condo for the weekend and it definitely was a good touch to the epic event that weekend. Here are a few of the PG-13 photographs:

The After-Party Crew; 2015
The After-Party Crew; 2015

 

Skerponator (Best Mate, Inventor of Beer Bear); 2015
Skerponator (Best Mate, Inventor of Beer Bear); 2015

 

Beer Bear Ready to Go (Round 2); 2015
Beer Bear Ready to Go (Round 2); 2015

 

After Party Now Begins; 2015
After Party Now Begins; 2015

 

The Langlois Family; 2015
The Langlois Family; 2015

 

Martin, Alyssa, and I; Florida Adventurers; 2015
Martin, Alyssa, and I; Florida Adventurers; 2015

 

Stephanie & Falen; Good Mates; 2015
Stephanie & Falen; Good Mates; 2015

 

Falen & I; Photobomber: Skerponator; 2015
Falen & I; Photobomber: Skerponator; 2015

 

Little Brother, Jake, Had Too Much Fun; 2015
Little Brother, Jake, Had Too Much Fun; 2015

 


My Gram turned 80! I was able to take a break from traveling to celebrate for the joyous occasion. Here are a few of my favorites:

Gram & I Celebrating Her 80th; 2015
Gram & I Celebrating Her 80th; 2015

 

Mom & Gram; 2015
Mom & Gram; 2015




A little background about Jeepin’ around the world:
“The Voyage of Discovery” main focuses are adrenaline, conservation, and education. I will trek to 221 countries, drive Oakley my 2010 Jeep Wrangler to 150+ countries, experience all 7 continents, and learn over 15 languages for this ultimate trip of lifetime. Josh is part of the team, where he will be on the adventure with me, and Maggie aka mom is also part of the team where she will be assisting from the states to reach my goals within each country visited.

 

*This particular event was published in the Daily American to help promote the world tour and can be found here.

Daily American Reporter and I; "The Voyage of Discovery;" 2015
Daily American Reporter and I; “The Voyage of Discovery;” 2015