Journeys (#AtoZChallenge)

May 8, 2021 | Travel

In my last post, I mentioned distractions.

After a year of nothing but absolutely necessary travel, it was nice to get away – just me (fully-vaccinated) and my beloved (also fully-vaccinated) for a couple of brief trips just for fun. One, to visit my dad in Louisiana, and another to soak up sun, salt water, fresh air, rum, and seafood in Daytona Beach. We planned it to not be during anyone’s spring break, not during motorcycle week, and not the high-season for snowbirds from the still-frozen northern wastelands. We had a pristine beach almost entirely to ourselves, and the water was refreshingly cool but also far too calm to attract serious surfers.

What on earth has happened to the seagulls? First birds to go “missing” in Daytona Beach, years ago, were the sandpipers. Now, the seagulls are missing. Pelicans fly overhead in appreciable numbers; we joked about the pterodactyls. But where are the gulls? And where did the beady-eyed grackles come from? When did herons decide to grace the beach? My husband got a photo of a gorgeous woodpecker. I am confused. I suppose the seagulls are frolicking with the unicorns, their dance floor lit by the thousands of fireflies that are also mysteriously missing.

But never mind me and my confusion. I had an early-morning appointment to go parasailing, and once airborne, watching the world shrink to a manageable size from 1000′ in the air, feeling like the girl on a swing, suspended like a balloon from the back of a boat, all the stress just melted away.

I didn’t even notice the shark.

Whew! He missed me.

Hang loose.



Holly Jahangiri is the author of Trockle, illustrated by Jordan Vinyard; A Puppy, Not a Guppy, illustrated by Ryan Shaw; and the newest release: A New Leaf for Lyle, illustrated by Carrie Salazar. She draws inspiration from her family, from her own childhood adventures (some of which only happened in her overactive imagination), and from readers both young and young-at-heart. She lives in Houston, Texas, with her husband, J.J., whose love and encouragement make writing books twice the fun.


  1. Jill

    Impressive dangling. Clearly you like life on the edge, even if it is a photoshopped edge. Lots of fun to read. Keep going.

    • Holly Jahangiri

      Nothing “photoshopped” or photomanipulated here, I swear on a stack of holy books.

      Granted, the shark’s a rubber toy held by the photographer. It’s real enough, as rubber sharks and rubber chickens go, though. LOL The one where he was pretending to cut the line with scissors wasn’t very convincing, but that might have been more fun! They seem a little too attached to their parasail to let that happen, though.

      You’ve never seen the photo of me parasailing upside down, have you?

    • Holly Jahangiri

      Oscar. Of course. Oscar. (Actually, it’s not my shark to name. I suppose I should write to Daytona Parasail and ask them if it has a name. It’s their shark!)

  2. Marian Allen

    You are a hoot and a half! I wish I could hang out with you; you’d probably get me up to all sorts of mischief. lol
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    • Holly Jahangiri

      I would; that’s a promise! You just let me know when you’re on your way, Marian.

  3. Pockett Dessert

    Holly!!!! Came over from Medium to say hi πŸ™‚ Glad that you are fully vaccinated and enjoying Daytona Beach. The shark pic LOL and you go girl ~ having the best time up there. Tried parasailing and it’s a pretty amazing view:) Big hug xx

    • Holly Jahangiri

      Well hi there! I’m so glad you came all the way over here to visit me in my REAL online home. πŸ˜‰ Medium is fun (helps cover the hosting fees here, too) but it’s good to have something of your own.

      I’ve been hooked on parasailing for decades. Somewhere around here, there’s a pic of me flipped upside down, about to get dunked head first.


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