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About Robert Fate. Robert Fate. Before becoming a writer he worked in various fields and won an Oscar for his work in movie special effects. Books by Robert Fate. Note how they move, what they pay attention to, how they choose the way. Don't hurry, step softly, avoid disturbing the vegetation. If you make no sound at all while walking, you are doing it right.
Use that time well: relax completely and watch the forest around you. You can see a lot just by being still and paying attention. It's very difficult to catch a cold in the tropics, unless you are high in the mountains. Water in TF lakes and rivers is usually hard. An hour-long walk in the rain will clean your hair, skin, and clothes better than a long battle with soap and shampoo. Most people use hammocks in TFs. I prefer a tiny tent that I've made ten years ago, and never had to repair. It looks like an equal-sided triangle in cross-section.
Its front and back panels are made of black chiffon, so it has good ventilation, and I can see what's going on outside without being visible. I spread it out by putting all other items from the backpack on the sides of the floor. If it rains, the tent gets wet, but all the stuff under the side walls is in plastic bags. I put my raincoat under the sleeping bag, so it also stays dry. If it's very windy, the tent can be set lower, so the wind presses it to the ground instead of blowing it away.
To dry the tent, I simply get everything out and hang it higher. The tent is only g, it takes 2 minutes to set and 2 minutes to pack. Light green color is good for safety. All of the above is not as important as your psychological condition. TF is the most interesting place on Earth, but to really enjoy it, you have to learn its ways.
It takes some work, but eventually you'll be able to enjoy it a lot - if only you can survive it long enough. Possible problems. Long gone are the wonderful times when TF travelers had to worry about cannibals and man-eating tigers. Some people still manage to get eaten, but the chances of such a thing happening are so slim, even mentioning it is just a joke. There are, however, some real dangers to avoid: - Malaria is the only disease you have to think about all the time.
There are lots of websites and chatrooms discussing the relative qualities of various prophylactic pills. But all those pills have to be taken for at least a month before the trip, all of them are bad for your health, and none provide absolute protection. It's a complicated problem, and I might be very wrong about it, but I've managed to avoid malaria simply by using mosquito repellent - everywhere except Africa and coastal Madagascar, where more than two thirds of local population might be infected.
It's imperative to use the repellent at night, but you might consider applying it during the day, too: TFs have many other unpleasant insects, especially in the vicinity of human settlements. You can decrease your chances of catching malaria by traveling during the dry season. Even if you rely on insect repellent, you should carry anti-malarial drugs with you: treatment works much better if you start it immediately after the first attack.
Use different pills for prophylactics and for treatment. Currently, Lariam is the best prophylactic drug for most areas, while Coartem is the best one for treatment it's not toxic, and there are no resistant strains of parasite yet, except in one part of Indochina. After getting rid of parasites in your blood, you have to undergo treatment with Primaquine to make sure they don't survive in your liver. Otherwise it might start all over again a few weeks or months later. Note that some African cities, even such modern-looking as Nairobi, have more malaria-carrying mosquitoes than any jungle.
Again, your best protection is a repellent with high DEET content. Take a lot of it with you: you'll be swimming and walking in the rain all the time. Only on very long trips more than months can DEET cause serious health problems. Keep your vaccination certificate: some countries require it. Yellow fever is now mostly limited to West Africa and, to much lesser extent, Amazonia.
Monkeys get it, too, so there is some chance of getting infected even far from villages.
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Fortunately, most of those diseases are relatively rare. One of the tests is to set it up near an anthill and put some bait inside. The repellent has to be tested, too: some of them get washed off by sweat after an hour of walking. US Army repellents are usually fairly good. To minimise exposure to insect bites and also to make their life easier when visiting unfamiliar cities, flying small planes etc. You can minimize the possibility of getting infected by: drinking only boiled water; eating only carefully washed or peeled fruit; swimming in stagnant water only if the place is very remote and there's no choice; never swimming in or downstream from cities, large villages, and places where cattle drink; never sleeping on the ground near human or animal trails, piles of animal dung, and watering holes.
In Africa, avoid swimming near reedbeds, where bilhartzia might be present, or wear a wetsuit. During the dry season there might be none at all. In Asia and eastern Madagascar, some people freak out when first fed upon by terrestrial leeches.
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Leeches are not known to transmit any disease, but they can suck a lot of blood if there's a lot of them. The bites of Madagascar leeches also itch. DEET repels them, but it has to be applied more frequently - sometimes every two hours. They are so tiny that many people can't see them. Most are red or white.
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They live in tall grass in forest clearings and meadows, or in dense undergrowth. If they get on you, they climb up your legs until something stops them - most often your belt, or a skin fold.
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Then they bite. The bite sites can itch for weeks, sometimes months. It might be a real problem if you have to return to civilization during this time, because you have to scratch in places not generally considered scratchable in public. DEET helps, but not much - try combining it with permetrine-based repellents.
Chiggers only bite in places covered with clothing, so in uninhabited forests you can simply walk naked. If there's a lot of chiggers, wear long pants, and put DEET in a thick layer on your legs above the lower ends of the pants to make a barrier.
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Wash yourself with soap after walking in chigger-infected places. If you get bitten a lot, cut your fingernails short to avoid damaging the skin by scratching. Juice of banana leaves helps to bring down the itching. They are similar to chiggers, but even smaller, and live in rotten wood. A piece of plastic would protect you if you have to sit on fallen trees or logs. They are tiny insects that burrow into your skin and remain there for a week, causing severe itch.
The bite looks like a pale spot with black dot in the center chigger bites often have red dot in the center. To prevent chigoe attacks, cover your feet with DEET all the way to your toes. TFs of tropical America are also home to human botfly torsalo. It is a large fly that catches small flies and mosquitoes and lays eggs on them. If the small fly or the mosquito later lands on human body or clothes, the egg hatches, and the larva burrows into the skin. It will remain there for up to eight weeks, and grow to impressive size.
To prevent this, sterilize your clothes after drying them outdoors by leaving them for half an hour in direct sunlight in a closed plastic bag. If you get infected by a botfly, be careful not to kill it it would cause severe inflammation. Small larvae can be removed by a syringe without a needle especially a large syringe from a snakebite kit. To get rid of a large larva, tie a peace of meat to your skin.
The larva will burrow into the meat in search of breathing air, and can be removed. I have to note that I've never seen a human botfly or its larva in all my travels. They don't sting, but tickle a lot, especially if thousands gather to lick salt off your skin. Try to get used to them and ignore the little buggers, or put on a T-shirt if you have one. Avoid touching tree branches without looking at them first: some are covered with thorns or ants.
I really enjoy reading the camaraderie between Kristen, Otis and Henry. Family is everything. This series continues to be time and money well spent. Aug 09, Jean Henry Mead rated it it was amazing. Fasten your seat belts, readers. You're in for a breathless ride. The author's fifth novel in the Baby Shark series takes you on a wild race from the first page, with Kristin Van Dijk wounded and shooting her way out of an ambush with her partner Otis Millett.
When Otis is kidnapped by escaped murderer Walter Fairchild, who's bent on revenge, Kristin arms herself with not only weapons but friends and a state trooper, who infiltrate the West Texas town of Chigger Flats, stronghold of the Fairchil Fasten your seat belts, readers. When Otis is kidnapped by escaped murderer Walter Fairchild, who's bent on revenge, Kristin arms herself with not only weapons but friends and a state trooper, who infiltrate the West Texas town of Chigger Flats, stronghold of the Fairchild family, to free Otis.
The Baby Shark series is not for the faint of heart, but guaranteed to keep those who love fast-paced adventure reading well into the night. Dec 23, Carl Brookins rated it really liked it. The action begins in the very beginning. In Fort Worth, Texas in Otis and Baby are on their way out of their office to a surveillance job. By the time the chapter ends, one guy has been dispatched by car bumper, another by.
The cops show up of course, and some minor nicks and scrapes are duly attended to. Meanwhile, snappy dialogue between Otis and Baby and a few other characters effectively establish the characters, professions and attitudes of some characters. And, importantly, we get the foundation of the plot. A vanquished adversary, a very bad person, has been released from the Texas Penitentiary on compassionate leave. Now, word is out he wants revenge, and he has a lot of help.
Well, there is almost no let-down in pace, narrative voice or dialog between the characters for the entire novel. A delightful, bloody thriller of a crime novel. Nov 20, Helen rated it it was amazing. I've read them all. I've loved them all.
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Her sidekick is Otis Millett, a private investigator. They're a team. She's fighting for Otis' life. She's going to have to find him, get past the guns guarding him and save him. And she's up against some really bad folks. Showdown at Chigger Flats, set in , starts fast. From page one Otis and Kristin are in a gun fight. It picks up speed from there. And keeps racing to the end. Will Kristin be able to get to Otis in time? Or will he be dead by the time she shoots her way through those standing between her and Otis?
This really is one of those books that starts fast and doesn't let up until the end. It kept me turning pages. I also like that this one put Kristin front and center. For a big chunk of the book, she fought alone, facing down some really nasty folks. She's a hero because she's not only willing to do what has to be done, she does it. Reading it was like being in a heart-racing cross-country bike-a-thon.