Month: December 2016
Mark Llano is the owner and driver of Serket Racing, a seasoned veteran and entrepreneur dedicated to bettering the lives of his fellow veterans.
Llano joined the United States Marine Corps Reserve in 1986 and served five years prior to being called up for active duty during Desert Storm in 1991. Llano’s dedication to excellence was apparent as a marine, and upon leaving the service, continued with his entrepreneurial work.
In 2003, Llano left Sterling to pursue a new venture that would bring him closer to his military family and community. Named Source One Distributors, Inc., Llano’s new venture provided equipment, products and support services to the defense industry. In 2012, Llano married his success with Source One and his passion for racing by creating Serket to raise awareness and direct financial support for veterans and their families.
On this episode, we discuss how Mark got into Serket racing, how he trains for Serket racing, his favorite memories from racing and we learn about his mental approach to series racing and how we can apply it to our lives.
Brody Leven is a professional adventure skier and storyteller raised in flat, northeastern Ohio as a freestyle skier and soccer player. Brody graduated from Westminster College in 2010 where he was elected as a two-term student body president and recipient of his college’s highest honor, the President’s Leadership while studying economics, honors, and Spanish. He’s obsessed with climbing and skiing the world’s mountains and volcanoes. Once a year Brody wears a suit once a year to talk with congress about climate change.
On this episode, we discuss how Brody fell in love with skiing, how he became a ski mountaineer, and how Brody has built his lifestyle around outdoor adventures and making an impact on the world.
Growing up in a small, coastal Georgia town, there wasn’t much. People, businesses and ideas came and went and not much stuck to St. Marys, Georgia. However, the ferry to get to Cumberland Island National Seashore is a main attraction for my hometown and I am so glad that it is.
If you have never ventured to Cumberland Island, pack a few things and go on a warm spring day (or in the midst of summer if you’re like me and admire 80+ degree weather). A 30 minute ferry ride along the St. Marys River is nothing short of an adventure in itself. The marsh seems to go on for miles and dolphins are commonly spotted. Upon arrival, it doesn’t seem like much but a few oak trees. There are no cars other than the ranger’s vehicles, but bikes are a popular mode of transportation (other than your own 2 feet, of course) used to peruse the paths around the island. There are ancient ruins, old cars and even wild horses.
The wild horses of Cumberland regularly stick out to tourists. Their beauty sincerely adds to the island, even though there has been controversy over their inhabitance in the recent months. Of course these wild horses didn’t swim to the island; they were brought over and later released by their owners a very long time ago. Since then, they have bred among themselves and have therefore become inbred. Many of them do not have good health in any aspect. Another issue is that they have been competing with native species; they are then forced to consume the marshland grasses that are vital to the island. This destructive factor has brought up question of their removal- but there are over 160 inhabiting various parts of the nearly 18 mile long barrier island.
Aside from the horses, Cumberland Island has a rich history, countless things to explore and a beach to relax on at the end of the day. My family and I have spent a large number of days on the sand grains of the island. A 20 minute jet-ski ride is all that separates us from this national seashore. Our days encompass hunting for shark’s teeth at low tide, searching for blue crabs around the Jetties, and competing against each other in some sort of game we make up in the moment.
These days are just a small reason as to why I love my coastal hometown so much.
Come see for yourself. Start planning your trip today by visiting www.cumberlandisland.com
Kyle Davidson is the founder of Sourced Adventures, an adventure travel company specializing in day trips, weekend excursions, and destination travel. Sourced Adventures helps people escape the city and experience the outdoors. In three short years, Sourced Adventures has taken over 30,000 passengers on trips.
On this episode, we discuss how Kyle got involved guiding outdoor trips, how he started Sourced Adventures, and advice he would give to people who want to lead outdoor trips.