On this day – April 2nd – 500 years ago, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de Leon for the first time laid eyes on Florida’s east coast. Despite the fact that native tribes had been living here for thousands of years, Ponce de Leon is credited with the “discovery” of the Sunshine State. According to various accounts, he landed just north of present-day St. Augustine and, amazed with the countless species of exotic vegetation he had never before seen, he decided to name the place “La Florida” which means “Land of Flowers.” Continue reading
German journalist Johanna Rüdiger joined a group on our popular Everglades Backwater Tour in the fall of 2012. Expert guide Bob Nesmith led an adventurous troop through waist deep water, immersing everyone in the plant and animal species as they snapped photos and tried to keep their cameras dry. In the article below, Johanna recommends that – out of all the things to do in and around Miami – visitors should make sure to visit the Everglades. Her article reflects how she was captivated by the natural beauty and wild virginity of this one-of-a-kind ecosystem and her gratitude that Dragonfly Expeditions was able to introduce her to the Big Cypress swamp. Johanna considers her experience a real adventure full of discovery; much better than a simple airboat ride during which she would have only seen the most commonly-visited areas of the Everglades.
The article was published in Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger, the local daily newspaper of the city of Cologne, Germany in January. If you understand German, click on the image below and zoom in to read!
Hello everyone! I am proud to present myself as the new intern with Dragonfly Expeditions. My name is Rodrigo Carmona Lopez and I will work at Dragonfly Expeditions until the middle of August. Just like the conquerors of Florida, I am Spanish and live officially in Madrid. When I was a child, my two sisters would make fun of me by saying that I didn’t belong to the family because I was German and the rest of my family was Spanish … That was because I was born in Germany while my father was working in Düsseldorf as an economic & trade attaché. I spent the first four years of my life in Germany and then my family moved to Madrid. In Spain, my sisters and I studied at a German school to continue learning the language. Continue reading