This is Marley, my favorite member of the Jamaican Dogsled Team. He’s proof that, while Jamaicans have no snow, they do have an excellent sense of humor.
Chukka Carribean Adventures offers all kinds of activities — ATV, horseback riding, and so on — but they’re perhaps most famous for their program that rescues mutts from the local SPCA before euthanization, and turns them into sled dogs.
Of course, the sleds in Jamaica look a little different, but the basic concept is the same.
This is our musher, Damion Robb, who recently won a race in Ontario. And while I was dogsledding in Lake Tahoe, Jamaican Newton Marshall was busy becoming the first Carribean musher to complete the Iditarod.
The dogs stay in a large kennel, and each dog has his own house. They’re trained as adults and are found homes as pets when they’re too old to be sled dogs anymore.
This is Tara Berger, she was on the Jamaica trip as the social media rep from Secrets Resorts. Let’s talk about her pompadour. Tara had a baby 3 months ago, so she was feeling like it was a luxury to do her hair. This is her go-to easy style for travel.
She gathers the bottom half of her hair into a ponytail.
Then she teases and sprays the front for height, and combs the top layer back for smoothness.
Finally, she secures the top layer with a few bobby pins so it hides her ponytail.
Quick, easy, and genius. High fives, Tara. Motherhood is looking pretty good on you.
I’m currently on a four-hour layover at Miami International. While I’ve got some time on my hands, let me ask you something.
Were someone to offer you an unsolicited international trip via email, would you assume it’s a Nigerian prince scheme? Yeah, me too. Which is why I did a little research when the Jamaica Tourism Board contacted me about a week ago.
I know I’ve been on sponsoredtrips before (And I hope to take many such trips in the future! Captains of Industry, do drop me a line). But “free” travel usually comes at the end of a year-long pitch process with twenty different companies, and the conversations go like this:
-Will you stop using your laptop, and instead use our MP3 Player’s voice-activated “BlogUp!” feature?
-What if we let you keep the MP3 Player?
-Will you guarantee fifteen Tweets about video games over a two day period, using the hashtags #GameOn! #Cabo!
-What if we have our intern write the Tweets for you and set them to auto-post while you’re away?
So you can imagine my surprise when Jamaica contacted me about a week ago with a note that boiled down to, “What’s up, Maggie. Do you want to come to Jamaica?”
And then I didn’t even bother to look for my hand-knit Rasta beret with attached dreads until a few days later when Jamaica was like, “Cool. Here’s your ticket.”
So now here I am in Miami. If you don’t hear from me in a few days, send a dispatch to Nigera, would you? Thanks a million, team.