We're excited to update you on the incredible journey we've been on so far this year with our nonprofit, Expeditions in Education. It's been an absolute whirlwind of excitement, exploration, and unforgettable moments, and there's still more to come!
🚗 Miles, States, and Memories 🌎 As of October, our passion for education and adventure has already taken us to 39 different states, covering a whopping 130,000 miles of travel. Yes, you read that right! We've crisscrossed the country, from coast to coast, bringing the wonders of learning and nature to educators and students far and wide.
🌲 National Parks and Rangers Galore 🏞️ One of the absolute highlights of our travels has been the opportunity to visit 24 awe-inspiring national parks. We've had the privilege of meeting more than 50 dedicated park rangers, each with their unique stories and deep knowledge of the natural world. These national treasures never cease to amaze us, and we're on a mission to inspire others to explore and protect them.
📚 Educators and Students: The Heart of Our Mission 🍎 So far, we've connected with over 1,000 educators and nearly 250,000 eager students. It's been absolutely incredible to witness the spark of curiosity in their eyes as we shared our stories and knowledge. Education is the cornerstone of our mission, and these interactions remind us why we do what we do.
🚗 Adventures in Transportation and Dining 🍔 Traveling isn't just about the destinations; it's about the journey itself. We've hopped on 40+ flights, driven countless rental cars, and sampled a wide array of delicious cuisine along the way. From local delicacies to hidden gems, our taste buds have been on an adventure of their own.
📚 Books, Hugs, and New Friends 🤗 This year, we've had the immense pleasure of sharing and selling our new book series, spreading the joy of reading to countless individuals. But it's not just books that have warmed our hearts. We've been showered with hugs and have made numerous new friends, forging connections that transcend geography.
🔌 The Challenge of Unplugging 📵 Now, we'll admit it - we haven't always been great at unplugging from the digital world. Someone once asked us if we ever took a break from screens and constant connectivity. The honest answer was, "kind of no." But we've come to realize the importance of finding balance and making time for other things.
🌟 A New Goal: Unplugging and Connecting Differently 🌟 So, here's the scoop - we're setting a new goal 🎯: to spend some time each day unplugged, connecting with the world around us in a different way. It might be a quiet moment in a national park, a heart-to-heart with a fellow traveler, or simply soaking in the natural beauty that surrounds us. It won't always be easy, but we believe it's essential for our well-being and for truly savoring the magic of our travels.
💬 In Conclusion 💬 As we continue our adventures through the rest of the year, we're overwhelmed with gratitude for the opportunity to share our story and mission with educators and students across the United States. We've witnessed the sheer power of education, the breathtaking beauty of nature, and the heartwarming warmth of human connection.