Two stranded tourists have found an interesting way to deal with a tough situation. Stuck at the KOA campground in Sheridan, some 2,000 miles from home, the two have called on a 21st century method of raising money - viral YouTube videos.
Makers and stars of the recently released
YouTube rap video, 'At the KOA' (video does contain some vulgar language), citing motivation of boredom from being stuck at the KOA campground in Sheridan, Clinton Brentwood Lee, a part time photographer, and Taylor Broderick decided to make the video with their iPhone and iPad using whatever free WiFi they could find, as a call out to everyone on the Internet for help. Lee explains.
The video did more than pass the time, as they say it's become somewhat of a full-time job while they wait for car repairs. Lee says that he has a newfound respect for people in Sheridan, Wyoming.
Even with the outpouring of support from Sheridan and around the country - so far people have donated about $1,400 through the Facebook site - the two received more bad news this week, as they approach the two-week mark at the campground.
The entire engine in Lee's Brentwood Photography Toyota must be replaced. A new engine would have cost about $8,000, so they ordered one with 70,000 miles on it for about $3,500.
Their story began in Tampa, Fla., where Lee is from, as a road trip for his 30th birthday to Anchorage, Alaska. Lee picked up Broderick from his home in Louisville, Kentucky. After the third member of their crew, Megan Cz, had to fly home due to a death in her family, they decided they would turn back and head home before they made it to Alaska.
The plan was to take a route through New York and D.C. on the trip back. Their car broke down in Dayton on Labor Day, and after some help from a highway patrol trooper to get their car to Sheridan -- who, by the way, Clinton says "was the first law enforcement that didn't give me a ticket on one of these road trips" -- they eventually found out that the engine in his Brentwood Photography Toyota was shot.
Regardless of countless bumps in the road, the two are "taking advantage of a bad situation," Broderick said.
During their twelve days in Sheridan, they have made the several videos, toured the area and still plan on seeing more sites in Sheridan. Lee said they have plans to visit King Ropes and the Sheridan Inn.
They have sent videos to Tosh.0 with the hopes of spreading their story. And in this new world of immediacy with the Internet, the two stranded travelers even have a "Stranded in Sheridan, Wyoming" media release they sent to the Ellen Degeneres show.
For now, the two travelers are still stuck...at the KOA.