This website is dedicated to two very special people, Kandi Lee Upton, Loren's granddaughter and Carrie Marie Mercier, my daughter. If I can give you nothing else, I want to give to the both of you the desire to go forth, venture into the unknown, explore - outback of beyond! There is a wide, wonderful, exciting world out there just waiting to be explored, all you must do is open the door! You will make mistakes in life, it is part of living and growing, however, please do not make the greatest mistake of all and do nothing with your life.
With all my love.......
Patty / Mom
Loren is without the slightest doubt the most determined, positive thinking, obstinate person I've ever met. Born in southern California 83 years ago, he looks like a member of the famed Royal Canadian Mounted Police or a bulldog tough British grenadier. Maybe that comes from Loren's service in the United States Marine Corps. Loren is a retired bridge builder by profession, but a true romantic adventurer at heart. His unwavering optimism and desire for high adventure have thus far taken him around the world - Roads End to Roads End Expedition. Not only in height does Loren stand out, he's six feet four inches tall, but also in the depth of his determination. If told something is difficult or impossible, he presses even harder to succeed. Loren's philosophy is, "If it does not work, damn it, make it work!" Since early childhood Loren has dreamt of being an explorer, reminiscent of the great Victorian Era, to do something different; to venture into the unknown; to overcome; to be first; to reach that unreachable star!
Now, this is going to be difficult for me to write. What can I say about me? I'll do my best to give you some idea who this strange woman is that will literally follow Loren to the ends of the earth.
I've been traveling since before I was born. In fact, in mid-1953 I traveled from California to New Jersey just so I could enter this wonderful world with my maternal grandparents at my mother's side. My dad was in the Marine Corps (once a Marine, ALWAYS a Marine) and every three years we had our bags packed anxiously awaiting "orders". We had a world globe when I was young and I was constantly fascinated with places like Karnack, Cairo, Timbuktu, Kashmir, Jerusalem, Machu Picchu, and countless more.
After spending only a few years in any one place, I found myself in the former Canal Zone in the Republic of Panama. I graduated from Balboa High School in 1971 and attended the Canal Zone College for two years. I began working as a secretary/receptionist at the Canal Zone Girl Scout Council, I felt right at home. I'd been a member of the Girl Scouts since the age of seven and had achieved the rank of Frist Class, at that time the highest award a girl member could receive. I am now a Life Time Member of the Girl Scouts of the USA and active in our local county 4-H organization. Later I was to become office manager at the Girl Scout office and eventually that position was phased out due to the US / Panama Treaties. It was at this same time that the opportunity to join Loren full time on his Jeep expedition, A World Odyssey - The Epic Voyage of the Sand Ship Discovery, presented itself and I jumped at the chance.