Poisonwood and Police

Oct. 15:

A blue hole on South Andros

This is a Post Script for the last blog we wrote on South Andros. That one, on Oct. 9th chronicled my adventure in the “bush” with new friend RB. What I brought out with me was a walking stick that looked what I imagined was a fossilized chickcharnie.

 What I didn’t tell you, was I selected this stick up from a pile of three similar sticks. I’m afraid I may have upset a burial ground of chickcharnie and I was paid back. Because what I didn’t know, was that I also brought back was a case of poisonwood.

Walking stick or chickcharnie fossil?

No, not a case of Bahamian beer, but an urushiol induced dermatitis, the same toxin found in poison ivy or sumac. RB and I really thought we had escaped even though we knew there were poisonwood trees in the bush were we were walking.

Unlike this photo, the trees we encountered on our hike did not come with labels.

My rash didn’t begin to appear until Ed and I were back in North Carolina. Two nights and days of terrible itching, I discovered Zanfel.I’ve had lots of well-intended suggestions from friends on how to reduce the itching, but I will swear by this expensive, but effective product. It’s one that can be used even after the rash appears. So that’s my follow-up. Ed has a follow-up story as well.

Ed: If you read the blog from Oct. 9. You know that I went to the police to report Jan and RB missing. Once they did make their way back, we drove back to the police station to tell them they were okay. But that was not the end of it. The next evening the police came to the South Andros Beach Club where we were staying to see if indeed all was well. I think they were concerned that I had “let Jan go into the bush with a friend we had just met the day before.” In truth, RB was asleep in his room and Jan and I were in our room and none of us knew they even arrived


Ed in our room at the South Andros Beach Club

Jesse, owner of the Beach Club assured them we were safe and sound and no one had regrets about the adventure-well, at least not yet. This was before Jan or RB knew they would suffer from upsetting the chickcharnie. 

Jan and Ed.

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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