Under the Banyan tree


March 16:

no fishing  A short post. Sable is in Melbourne Harbor Marina. We didn’t quite make the last two days. Very unusual weather coming to Florida. Very high seas-15-18  feet with swells up to 8 feet and winds 20 + knots. We decided to come home, catch up, prepare taxes (that part is from Ed) and then return in a month to finish the last two days to Halifax Harbor in Daytona Beach when the weather is better.

staniel cay yacht clubJust a short story here. The following paragraphs are from our second novel, Night Watch. The photos are from Staniel Cay in the Exumas where the game of dominos was on-going.

023Carter stepped back out into the sunshine to the loud slapping of dominos against the table, followed by enthusiastic cheering. This was the unique way Bahamians played the game; a game that seemed to have no end, only a change in players. He watched the group gathered under the Banyan tree, its distinctive twisted trunks and low spreading branches provided the shade both for the ongoing game and Momma Daisy’s Bakery Van that smelled like heaven and sold the best pastries and bread on the island. Dr. Rolle was one of the players. 024

“Hey, Dr. Rolle, I just sent someone to your office. Ciguatera. They’re flying out, but they’d like to see you first.”

Rolle continued to slap his dominos. “They breathin okay?” he asked, without looking up.

“Seem to be,” Carter replied.

“Not much I can do then. But Cecilia in da office. If she need me, she know where to find me.”

Carter waited, but Rolle didn’t add anything more so Carter headed back toward the dinghy. A hand grasped his shoulder so hard it hurt.

I did have Ciguatera, but not on this trip. Ciguatera is a neurotoxin that humans get from eating fish that have eaten certain microorganisms that live on coral. It is MOST uncomfortable with swelling of the hands and feet, a burning sensation, blisters between fingers and toes, and reversal of sensation so that what should feel like a gentle touch-such as water running over your hands- feels like pins and needles. Mine lasted about 10 days, but it can be longer and can involve respiration. Not a good experience.

Jan, Ed and Sable

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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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