Julie Bradley, author
Julie Bradley was born with adventure travel genes and shares her passions in Escape from the Ordinary and Crossing Pirate Waters, true stories from sailing around the world with her husband. After twenty years in the Army as a Military Intelligence Officer she traded in her uniform and worldly possessions to pursue the dream that had inspired her to keep going through the long separations of military deployments. During those years her reading stack of Cruising World, Sail and Latitude 38 magazines grew to hoarder proportions until the big purge of all belongings to buy their new home: a blue-water, Amel sailboat.
The exhilaration of visiting off-the-beaten path countries and authentic encounters with native islanders prompted her to describe their adventures through writing. She wishes she had been able to read a book like Escape from the Ordinary before sailing off, possibly avoiding some of the do-or-die situations they encountered along the way. Julie’s writing has appeared in the sail press, Latitude 38, Cruising World, Boating New Zealand, and the Sunday travel section of over thirteen newspapers in the United States and New Zealand.
Glen and Julie met through aviation and are both private pilots. To prepare for their voyage they became HAM operators, certified divers, and earned Coast Guard captains’ licenses up to 50-tons with sail endorsement. They were recommended for nomination to the Explorer’s Club and support worthy organizations such as Rotary and Nature Conservancy. Julie and her husband love wildlife and the outdoors. They now live in the high country of Arizona where they can bike, hike and ski, with the occasional trip to the Sea of Cortez for ocean time. They “pay back” by performing volunteer disaster response and humanitarian work for the American Red Cross, serving as members of an International Emergency Response Unit. Julie has been interviewed about her international disaster work by CNN, ABC, NBC and Fox News. You can visit Julie and read about their humanitarian work around the world as well as personal land-based adventures within her blog pages.