Story last updated at 7/9/2014 - 2:11 pm
Barry and Corinne Smedley will present a slideshow and talk on their recent travels at 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 13 at the Skagway Public Library.
The couple recently donated the latest in their series of real-life travel adventure DVDs to the Skagway Public Library. The multimedia includes adventures in Thailand, Bali, Malaysia, Philippines and one titled "Nothing To Lose."
According to a release from the couple, Barry Smedley started traveling in 1985, alone and with a back pack.
"After a painful divorce, I was trying to get as far away from my ex-wife as possible," he wrote in an email. "When I reached India, I had fallen in love with traveling and was determined to make this my life and share my rich experiences with others."
On a subsequent trip, returning from a three-month yacht cruise through the Polynesian Islands, Barry Smedley met his now-wife, Corinne, in Hawaii on a tour bus to the Polynesian Culture Center. According to Smedley, the couple quickly discovered their mutual passion for travel and the following year, they married and honeymooned in Hawaii.
The couple vowed to spend the rest of their lives traveling.
Through lectures, travel articles and by documenting their journeys on DVD, the pair continues to share their adventures with others.
Over the past 12 years, Barry and Corinne Smedley have worked seasonally in Skagway. In addition, the library has hosted many of their real life travel adventure programs and has available for loan the full series of the Smedley's 50 independently produced DVDs.
In the summer of 2015, Barry and Corinne Smedley plan to drive across Russia in a 1973 Volkswagen camper van, dubbed "The Jolly Green Jellybean."
"This will probably be our all time greatest adventure," Barry Smedley said.
He said the camper will be shipped from Long Beach, Calif., to Vladivostok, Russia, to begin a 6,000-mile-long drive on the longest highway in the world to Moscow.
"Our mission statement is 'Love, Peace and Happiness,'" Barry Smedley said. "The camper will be a moving message board with greetings from Americans on one side of the van and greetings from Russians on the other side. To lighten the mood, I will be wearing my clown wig and nose as we visit schools, churches and community events. We hope to carry a message from Skagway's children and the city, recognizing that Alaska was once part of Russia. Also, Skagway has a special place in our hearts which we want to include."
The money they earn during the 2014 tourist season will be used to fund the trip, Barry Smedley said. However, Barry is recovering from cancer so he will only be working part time. The couple is seeking contributions, sponsorships and urging folks to purchase their DVDs from Amazon.com to help offeset the cost of the trip.
Their website is: http://www.TravelwithBarryandCorinne.comwithBarryandCorinne.com.
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