Lunching with Exploration Legends

When I decided that I wanted to dedicate my life to travel and adventure just a few years ago, I had no idea where that would lead me. What went from a small intention of “I want to add more travel and adventure in my life” initially pushed me to begin traveling for work. I began traveling the world writing about my unique experiences for various online and print media outlets. From there, I realized that I wanted more from my travel. I wanted to give back. I wanted a purpose. I wanted to make a difference, however small. So, I began volunteering on scientific expeditions. This, in turn, directed my attention to the Explorers Club, a century-old prestigious club dedicated to scientific travel and exploration.

For a while, getting to rub elbows with anyone in the Explorers Club was just a dream for me, as you must be sponsored into the club by two current club members. Naturally, this was a brick wall for me at first, as I didn’t know anyone in the club and had no insights on how to meet anyone. It was nothing more than an elusive dream for quite some time. However, after a bit of due diligence, I found myself rubbing elbows with some of the key members of the Explorer’s Club.

Never mind how I got there, but what was supposed to be a quick meet and greet at a lecture at the Bower’s Museum in San Diego turned into a full lunch affair that had me lunching with a group of Exploration Legends. I have never felt more humbled and in awe. The speaker at the event, Wade Davis, is a true legend when it comes to the world of Exploring. He rose to fame in the 1980s when he investigated a poison that was supposedly turning people into Zombies in Haiti. He had his own Sherlock Holmes style adventure in real life, and you can read all about it in his book, by the way. The Serpent and the Rainbow is a fascinating read for those who love to pick up a good book. Especially for me, the girl who loves weird stuff, his tales left me in awe, and I couldn’t believe that I was able to sit down next to him and hear more of his stories throughout our lunch.


Aside from Wade, Steve Elkins has served more or less as my guide into the Explorer’s Club, and he, himself, has lived quite an exciting life. Steve found a lost city in South America, and if you’re interested in his adventures, you can watch his fascinating tale on Discovery + in “The Lost City of the Monkey God”.

There I was, siting with Wade Davis to my left and Steve Elkins to my right, and with a group of seasoned, accomplished explorers completing the circle around the table, and I knew- this is the life I have been building for myself. This is where I’ve wanted my life to go, regardless of whether or not I truly knew that until this moment. Being surrounded by people driven by curiosity, motivated by a want to understand the world and a passion to act to make the world a better place- this is where I wanted to be. These are my people.

I’ve admittedly never felt like I fit in in this world, but here and now, in this moment lunching with exploration legends, I felt my place. I knew my place, and I was so thrilled my life journey had brought me here. And now, as this journey begins, I can’t wait to find out where it’s taking me next.

Malorie Mackey is an actress, published author, and adventurer. Malorie grew up in Richmond, Virginia where she loved sports, the outdoors, animals, and all forms of art. She took to acting at a young age, so it was no surprise when she decided to go to college for theatre. While in college, Malorie studied body movement with the DAH Theatre in Belgrade, Serbia, voice in Herefordshire, England with Frankie Armstrong, and the business of theatre in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Malorie moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles after receiving her BFA in Theatre Performance from Virginia Commonwealth University. Upon arriving in LA, Malorie participated in the Miss California USA 2011 Pageant where she won the “Friend’s Choice” Award (by popular vote) and received a beautiful award for it.

While living on the West Coast, Malorie accumulated over 40 acting credits working on a variety of television shows, web series, and indie films, such as the sci-fi movie “Dracano,” the Biography Channel show “My Haunted House,” the tv pilot “Model Citizen” with Angie Everhart, and the award-winning indie film “Amelia 2.0.”

Throughout her experiences, Malorie found a love for travel and adventure, having journeyed to over a dozen countries experiencing unique locations. From the lush jungles of the Sierra Madre mountain range to the Arctic Circle in Finnish Lapland, Malorie began adventuring and writing about her unique travels. These travel excerpts can be found on VIVA GLAM Magazine, in Malorie’s Adventure Blog, in Malorie’s adventure show: “Weird World Adventures” and in the works for her full-length travel book.

In 2022, Malorie was thrilled to become a member of the Explorer’s Club through her work on scientific travel. Her experiences volunteering on archaeological and anthropological expeditions as well as with animal conservation allowed her entry into the exclusive club. Since then, Malorie has focused more on scientific travel.

Malorie’s show “Weird World Adventures” releases on Amazon Prime Video in the Spring of 2024! Stay tuned as Malorie brings the strangest wonders of the world to you!

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