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SKAGWAY - World travelers Corinne and Barry Smedley have made their way to Skagway for their ninth summer of sharing their love of travel with visitors and residents alike.
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Photo Courtesy Of Barry Smedley

Barry and Corinne Smedley present Skagway librarian Julene Fairbanks with their latest travel DVDs: England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales in two parts and Israel, including Petra in two parts.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Story last updated at 5/26/2010 - 12:47 pm

World travelers return to Skagway, share adventures

SKAGWAY - World travelers Corinne and Barry Smedley have made their way to Skagway for their ninth summer of sharing their love of travel with visitors and residents alike.

The Smedleys helped initiate the "Real Life Travel Adventures" presentation series, which is hosted by the Skagway Library at 7 p.m. each Sunday during the summer. The series gives locals and seasonal workers a chance to meet and share their travel adventures.

Barry and Corrine met while on a tour bus in Hawaii and have been sharing their adventures with others through presentations and a series of DVDs. The couple has donated 29 DVDs of their travels to the Skagway library.

"Our greatest joy is to travel to a different part of the world and share this wonderful experience with others, to bring home what a beautiful work we inhabit," Barry said. "This year, in September, I will celebrate 25 years of world travel which began after a painful divorce when I took off alone with a backpack and spent a year going around the world - an incredible experience which changed my life and inspired me to devote the rest of my life to world travel and sharing this rich opportunity."

The Smedleys' latest travel adventure took them to Argentina in October and November of last year. They spent the first 10 days in Buenos Aires learning the tango and then took off on a two-week tour down the west coast of Argentina to reach Ushuaia, the southernmost town in the world.

It was during a hike in the Andes that Barry collapsed from heart problems. On their return to San Diego he was diagnosed with blocked arteries surrounding the heart and underwent a five-way bypass operation. He is now well into the six-month recovery period and continuing cardio-rehab at the Skagway Recreation Center. During recovery, he is driving bus tours part time and plans to establish a garden and grow vegetable as a long-held dream.

The Smedleys' DVDs can be found on Amazon.com by searching for "travel with Barry and Corinne" in DVDs.