Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Journey of Self-Discovery; A Man, a Dog and a Ute Set out to See Australia and Are Inspired by the Landscape. Becci Asquith Reports

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Sunday (Maroochydore, Australia)

Journey of Self-Discovery; A Man, a Dog and a Ute Set out to See Australia and Are Inspired by the Landscape. Becci Asquith Reports

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MARKGLENN Harmony set out on a journey to discover Australia and in the process discovered himself.

In 2003, after leaving his government job, MarkGlenn decided to take a holiday and see more of his home country.

He said that what was supposed to be a short trip to see some sights had turned into a comprehensive exploration of the sunburnt country, lasting six-and-a-half years.

aAfter working in paramilitary and military vocations, in such structured and logical working environments, I decided to embark upon an exploration of our beautiful country,a MarkGlenn said.

aIt ended up becoming a personal journey and an exploration of my soul.a

The intrepid traveller said that while on the road, he had discovered a new part of himself.

aI found my creative side,a he said.

aI connected with nature and feel blessed to have seen some of the most beautiful sights in the world.

aI thought to myself, a[approximately]This is what I'm supposed to be doing'.a

On the road, MarkGlenn met many new and interesting people but his only constant companions were his faithful dog, Sashah, and his ute.

The explorer said his trusty ute, which took him and Sashah over 272,000km, was also their home for the entire expedition.

aAt night, I would crawl into the back of my ute and sleep under a canopy,a he said.

MarkGlenn visited hundreds of destinations but said he did not have a favourite.

aEvery place is magical in its own way,a he said.

aIt's important to appreciate their uniqueness and splendour and not compare (to other places).a

MarkGlenn, who discovered he had Aboriginal ancestry eight years ago and now identifies as indigenous, said he felt Uluru was very spiritual for him.

On his journey, MarkGlenn travelled to the every corner of Australia, taking hundreds of thousands of photos along the way. …

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