Our Tour Directors

Kim Pennock

KimI have always been in awe of this beautiful planet we live on. My dreams of travel began in the backyard as a child and were furthered when I discovered Encyclopedia Britannica. I grew up in Michigan farmland, but my imagination took me often to the plains of Africa, the pyramids of Egypt, the jungles of the Amazon, and beyond.

The first time I boarded a plane and crossed the Atlantic, I was hooked – the real thing was better than anything I could have dreamed. In my 20s, I would often travel alone, but something was missing. I then realized that traveling with people who shared my passion and wanderlust made all the difference.

3rd Rock Adventures began when I found an incredible castle in Tuscany many years ago – the problem was, I would need to take 22 people with me to stay there! From that problem came a remarkable solution: I organized our first official tour. In no time, I was creating more tours, and decided my corporate accounting job needed to become a thing of the past. So, the world of travel opened up to me in a new way as 3rd Rock Adventures.

I have traveled across all of the United States and extensively throughout the world. And for over 10 years, I have been planning and guiding trips and tours, making wonderful friends and meeting the most interesting of people. The more I travel, the more I realize how much more there is to see and experience. I would love the opportunity to explore the world together, with you!


Harold Hall

HaroldHarold has been on over a dozen trips with Kim and 3rd Rock Adventures. He is a native of Georgia, but he learned very early in life that traveling the world would be a lifelong passion. Even now, with over 75 countries visited (including Italy – Harold was with me in that castle in Tuscany!), Harold still has many more on the horizon. His hobbies are dancing, hiking, and of course, traveling the world learning about new people and different cultures.

Harold’s favorite thing about being a tour director for 3rd Rock Adventures is introducing others to these new people and cultures.


Melissa Marshall

MelissaMelissa has traveled with 3rd Rock Adventures on several adventures, including trips across Europe and Central America. Melissa enjoys having fun, while off on a trip, or right at home in the Pacific Northwest with her two teenagers. Being a mother of two has also taught her a lot about being prepared and handling surprises, which comes in handy while traveling, too.

Her funniest travel story happened on an ATV ride during a trip to Costa Rica. She and a fellow traveler got stuck in a muddy path along the beach, and it took four of them in total to help get the vehicle out! Everyone was up to their waists in black mud…everyone except Melissa, who’d wandered off along the beach looking for shells. She still gets teased about it!


Mike Dyer

MikeMike has a taste for adventure, whether he’s mountain climbing, whitewater kayaking, rafting, or racing. If you are up for an adventure, Mike is your guy. A well-traveled gentleman, he has the skills to take care of any of the little difficulties that may come along – be it with a tent or a hotel.


Kelley Fernandez

KelleyKelley comes to us with a great deal of travel experience in Europe, the United States, the Caribbean, and throughout Central America. Always the people pleaser and problem solver, Kelley makes travel fun and easy; you are in good hands with her.

She’s a Louisiana native and former resident of New Orleans, so it should come as no surprise that one of her favorite places to travel is France. And while traveling, her favorite activities are snorkeling, horseback riding, boating, and swimming with dolphins. If she could find a way to do all these activities in France, she’d have the perfect trip!