The Sea of Cortez

Years ago, I was on a solo dive trip in the Sea of Cortez when one of the dive masters told me I swam like a mermaid. “It’s like you were born in the sea,” he said …

Sea of Cortez

… and I remember looking out at the rocks and thinking to myself, that if indeed I were a mermaid, “this is where I would want to live”—hence, the photo above. Oddly, when I was very young, I used to think the slight amount of webbing between my fingers and toes meant that I was a direct descendant of the ancient lost city of Atlantis, so much so that I became obsessed with all things ocean-related … the Bermuda Triangle, Neptune and Poseidon … Island of the Blue Dolphin became my favorite book, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea my favorite movie, crab my favorite food, blue my favorite color and mermaids, my secret obsession. 

Of course nowadays, although it pains me to admit it, I know I wasn’t born in the sea (and I’m doubtful I’m a descendant of Atlantis) but even so, my love of mermaids—and all things ocean, sea, sand and water based—make me happy … from the smells to the general way of being that exudes beach life. So what’s a beach girl to do when she’s landlocked?? Easy. She brings the beach to her, and channels her inner mermaid … duh. So I started this blog in the summer of 2017 as a way to share my “sea life” with you … I hope you’ll stick around for a while or at the very least, swim on by every now and then as I’m adding new content every few days. See you soon … er, umm, or should I say sea you soon ; )

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Hey there. I’m Shauna—a West Coast transplant in the landlocked state of Indiana … when I moved here I missed the beaches, the mountains, the desert, the rivers … and it took me a while to find places nearby that paralleled my old stomping grounds. BUT. Now that I’ve lived here for over 15 years, I’ve had time to explore the region and you know what? It’s amazing. There’s so much to do—from skiing in northern Michigan to relaxing lakeside in southern Kentucky to rocking the nightlife in one of the many metropolitan areas. And I love it here. I really do. BUT. I do miss the sea … and the sand and the rush of the waves … the smell of seawater … even the sting of too much sun after a day spent lollygagging at the beach. And I miss the constant supply of seafood and shellfish and riverfish? About that … since I’ve moved to the Midwest I’ve noticed that a lot of people here don’t consider fish that come from the river seafood … I’m not sure I agree, but hence the new word I’ve created, “riverfish” … time will tell if Webster picks it up ; ) So this little blog is my way of bringing a little bit of sea life (or is it sealife?) to the Midwest. Here you’ll find all kinds of information … some that you might find more useful than others—like where to find the best seafood (and riverfish) in the Midwest. And some, you might just find amusing … or not. Either way, and if nothing else, I hope you leave my little space here on the world wide web a little refreshed and maybe even a little inspired to bring a little bit of the ocean home with you. (Yes, I did use the word “little” four times in one sentence … it’s OK … mermaids like to repeat themselves.) Cheers! The Midwest Mermaid Oh, and if your curious, yes, I do actually write for a living … if you want to know about the organizations I work with and the publications where you can find my land legs, swim on over to the “Portfolio” tab … and thanks for visiting.

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