The Huffington Post/ Travel Section

By Meg Pier

Lucy and Mick Fleming own the Lodge at Chaa Creek in Belize, one of the world’s first eco lodges. While at Chaa Creek, I was awed by the energy and vibrancy of the jungle–and the Flemings.

It is hard to imagine an environment that is more vividly alive than the jungle–lush, teeming, unfurling, changing, challenging, chaotic, diverse, primal, light, dark, and unpredictable. Embracing life’s unpredictability led Lucy from her New Jersey girlhood to finding her place in the world on the banks of the Macal River.

I’ve always been fascinated by people who have the courage to “follow their bliss” and my conversation with eco pioneer Lucy did not disappoint. Her journey, like the Belizean jungle, is inspiring and instructive.

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