They Came From Pennsylvania
Did you ever ask yourself if you could follow in the steps of the Wildebeest migration in Africa? Well, one local adventurer asked just that and decided to find out if he could do it. Williamsburg native Keith England proved that he could last 21 out of the 31 days that he and his fellow adventurers were given to do so.
Keith has always been a physically strong guy and has had a lot of experience working with animals. After all, he works on a farm. He says that he believes that this is one of the main reasons that he was picked to be a part of this unique show. As a result, he was able to carry a lot of weight while he was out there.
He has applied to be on the tv show Survivior since it first came on the air as well as the show Naked and Afraid. Then, National Geographic contacted him about going on an African adventure. At first, he didn't pay too much attention to it. Eventuallty, he ended up filling out the application but then realized that he was two days past the deadline. However, it wasn't even twelve hopurs and someone was calling him from The United Kingdom. He ended up doing an interview with them and within a week, he found out that he was to be in the final auditions in New York City.
Out of the thirty qualified people, the show was only going to take twenty. When he interviewd with the executives, they really liked the fact that "I am forward and speak what is on my mind." After the interview, he had a series of vaccinations. At this point everything kind of went pretty fast. He really didn't have time to prepare for anything. They gave us a stipend to buy certain things such as some appropriate clothes.
The show Mygrations is all about the Wildebeest migration. They travel 300-400 miles a season. The idea was to take a group of twenty diverese people with different strengths and skills and see if they could survive the thirty-one days that they were on the trek.
At one point, Keith said that he had a lot going on in his personal life and didn't think that he was going to be able to make the journey. But, once he thought about it, he realized that if he backed out now that he may never get another chance to experience this once in a lifetime opportunity.
To read Keith's complete interview, please check out the upcoming book release- They Came From Blair County due out by the end of 2020
**Information for this article was obtained through an in person interview with Keith England
**All photos are from the personal collection of Keith Englands