AUBURN, AL (WTVM) - An Auburn elementary school teacher, Andrea Beall and her husband, Chris, had the adventure of a lifetime when they were chosen to be the face of a new ad campaign for Visit North Carolina.
Andrea is a teacher at Wright's Mill Road Elementary and said she had to keep her and her husband's adventures secret for so long, that their family did not believe it was real.
"Every minute and every experience was brand new and just as exciting as the last," said Andrea. "We will never forget it."
The trip to North Carolina was the couple's first visit to the state and their first trip for the two of them since becoming a blended family of seven.
The Bealls are part of the "Firsts That Last" campaign by Visit North Carolina, which documents three trips by real-life travelers who come to the state for the first time to experience a first in their lives.
"Firsts are like magic in the way they stir our souls," said Wit Tuttell, executive director of Visit North Carolina. "They create powerful memories. North Carolina is an endless source of experiences that add richness to a traveler's life story."
They will appear in print and digital ads and in 30- and 60-second spots to be shown on TV and in movie theaters, all of which point viewers back to VisitNC.com to view a full two-minute film on their journey exploring waterfalls in the forests near Brevard, Nc.
"With 'Firsts That Last,' the experience itself is just the beginning," Tuttell said. "When you see the videos for Chris and Andrea and the other travelers, you appreciate the positive effects travel has on our lives. It satisfies a vital need to feel excitement or tranquility or closeness with those we love, and it helps us to discover things we never knew about ourselves. We want people to explore the many firsts they can find in North Carolina. The memories are sure to last."
Andrea says her third-grade students could not believe she was "famous."