My summer vacation

Dear Constant Reader,

While the rest of you were relaxing on the beach this summer, the Boston Babydolls were touring New England with Madame Burlesque, bringing you the finest in classic burlesque (and a little history lesson). Thus, I didn’t take my summer vacation until September.

Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve loved mermaids (who doesn’t?). And the chance to *be* a mermaid? I couldn’t turn that down. Which is how I found myself at Weeki Wachee Springs in Florida. They’ve been presenting mermaid shows since the 1940′s, but only recently began offering mermaid lessons for adults.

First thing we got fitted for our tails and sent off to the Mermaid Lagoon (on dry land) for a photoshoot.

The rest of the weekend was spent in the Spring. It’s amazingly clear fresh water and abounds with friendly wildlife. The turtles swam alongside us and would eat bananas from our hands. But it wasn’t all frolicking with the fish… Being a mermaid is hard work! We learned how to swim in our tails and how to pose for pictures underwater. It was exhausting, but so worth it.

And here’s Mermaid Mina!