I decided to include some press coverage from earlier this year in Dragonfly Expeditions’ October Newsletter (“On the Fly”). Somehow I ended up writing EVERY blog post for this newsletter … it seems I’m turning into the “writing monkey” at work (and they wonder why I’m not getting everything done …). So this article starts out with a little intro by me and then features an article by travel writer Richard Varr (now wouldn’t THAT be the best job ever??). Want to learn more about Varr or about the up-and-coming Miami Wynwood Art District? Read on! 🙂 Continue reading
I can’t take credit for the entirety of this article … because I was instructed to use a previous press release as a starting point … but nonetheless my aim here was to introduce the second-newest sister company of Dragonfly Expeditions – a cruise line ON SAILBOATS! Interested in taking a cruise? Please let me know 🙂
Captain Mike Burke established Windjammer Barefoot Cruises over 60 years ago. For landlubbers everywhere, he offered a world of rekindled childhood, the spirit of carefree pirates, and the experience of sailing on a tall ship. The world of Windjammer Barefoot Cruises consisted of rescued schooners, salt spray, turquoise Caribbean seas, pristine anchorages, far-flung ports, and of course bare feet. But dreams are fragile things, and in September 2007, this Captain’s dream was on its way to Davy Jones’ locker. Windjammer Barefoot Cruises went bankrupt, its remaining assets were auctioned off, and all who were a part of that world mourned.
The company I work for has over 20 sister companies (all owned by the SAME GUY). Yea, he’s a little intimidating. But anyway, I wrote the following article to introduce one of our newest sister companies: Green Heron Gifts (the Green Heron himself, a nice gay gentleman, likes to frequent our office). If you view the company blog, the article is published under my boss’s name. Oh, the sacrifices we writers must make … *sigh* I don’t usually let them stick someone else’s name on my work, but since my boss and the CEO edited this one considerably, I didn’t mind (not too much, anyway). Enjoy.
I did this write-up to bring attention to one of our most gifted guides.
“Meet the Team – Guide Elizabeth”
*Personal information and photos have been omitted
Like many before her, the snow and cold of the Midwest drew Elizabeth Wedlake south to Florida. This Chicago native moved to Miami and spent several years visiting the Caribbean island of Saba to help her late husband with his orchid research. During her stint in the Caribbean, she not only learned about Saba’s culture and wildlife, but also became acquainted with the Sea and Learn program. Continue reading
Pain. It was a delicious addiction that followed me throughout my life. It was pain that drove that ancient, inner fury, pain that transformed a weak being into a creature from the realm of nightmare.
I remember the first time it happened. I guess you could call it a normal part of puberty. It began with a tremor that started in my gut and spread outward to my extremities. I clutched my torso and dropped to the ground, curling in on myself as a bright pain lanced through me and settled into a quiet stinging in my toes. Staring at my feet and wondering what would come next, I gaped wide-eyed as claws stretched their way out of my feet. My fingers followed suit and I smiled through the pain as I held those glittering blades before my face. Something long and sharp forced its way from my spine, through a layer of muscle, and pierced through my skin. A gasp of pleasure escaped my lips and as I bit my lower lip, I could feel my incisors lengthening. I unfurled my new wings and moaned as another harsh wave of ecstasy rocked my mutating frame. Heat sources pulsed in reds and blues and I squinted as my vision exploded into a new spectrum. The dim light of dusk was almost too much to bear. Closing my eyes tightly, I flexed the muscles in my arms and back, feeling blood drip down the skin of my wings. I raised my head in defiance of the sinking sun, opened my eyes wide, and let loose a primal roar.
In mid-September, several members of our team participated in a great community event that we wanted to share with you. Each year, on the third Saturday of September, the Ocean Conservancy sponsors an International Coastal Cleanup (ICC). Volunteers in over 100 countries spend their morning out on the beach removing debris that not only clogs waterways, but also threatens the safety of boaters and wildlife. Early in the morning, Megan and I joined local volunteers just off the Rickenbacker Causeway. We hopped into our kayaks and paddled across the bay to the mangroves adjacent to Villa Vizcaya. Unfortunately, the narrow waterways were choked with trash.
This was my first time participating in a Coastal Cleanup event and I absolutely loved it! Not only did I get to spend my morning kayaking, but the event gave me the chance to meet new people and work in teams to help clean the environment. I really felt like what I did that morning made a difference. Megan had a similar opinion: “I have always enjoyed kayaking as a hobby, so getting to kayak while at the same time helping to improve the local environment was a great opportunity – as long as you don’t mind dodging the spiders that live in the mangroves!” Continue reading