"I hated to have all that work kind of go to waste," she said ruefully. "I fully intend to go back as soon as I can get another permit. We're going to go back and finish."
D'Errico said that in addition to searching for Noah's Ark, she was there to try to find information about Donald MacKenzie, a man who disappeared on the mountain in September 2010 while searching for the Ark.
MacKenzie disappeared without a trace, D'Errico said. All of his equipment and gear disappeared when he did. All that remained was the white van he had parked at his guide's house. The guide fled soon after.
D'Errico said that MacKenzie's family needs closure and she was filming a documentary about him during her trip.
She returned to Los Angeles and her two children on Wednesday night but fully intends on returning to Turkey as soon as she can.
"I've given myself Ark fever," D'Errico said. "Right now, my priorities are my faith, my children, finishing my expeditions and getting the documentary done about Donald."
"I'm 44 years old and I'm at the point in my life that I don't really care what people say or think," she said.