Oct 12

Sandy Leaves Caribbean

Sandy may well be remembered more for what it is about to do along the East Coast, dubbed a Franken Storm, ready to wreck havoc with tropical rains AND snow. Still, I think the storm will be remembered in Cuba, where it seems to have created the most damage, save for maybe in Haiti, a country so poor and unable to cope that any storm would likely kill some Haitians. Sounds like the official tally in Cuba was 11 dead, with 43 dead across the Caribbean.

Thinking about Cuba, I can’t imagine that the damage caused will actually get repaired. The country had a dilapidated feel to it with a definite sense that if something new fell off, it certainly wasn’t going to get fixed any time soon.

Reports thus far from the Bahamas have been pretty good. Heard good news from Andros South and Benry Smith, both from Andros, and Black Fly from Abaco. Seems like the Bahamas has made it through the worst of it pretty well.

If you have reports, please share.

Cuba’s infrastructure further wrecked.

Aug 11

TRIW – Camp Life

I like the idea of the dirtbag trip.  I haven’t pulled it off totally.  I’ve stayed in some crappy places in Grand Bahama, but I haven’t really roughed it THAT much.  The guys over at TRIW take it all the way.  That’s why I love that their blog exists.

Apr 11

The futures is, indeed, plastics.

Sadly, we may not have enough of them to get the job done… but my plan would be to find some American drunk drivers who are really good people at heart and we’d send those people to the beaches of the Caribbean to clean up all the plastic crap that is quietly washing up on the ocean facing coast lines of some wonderful places.

There’s a lot of it.  Miles and miles and miles of coast line are silently being buried under blankets of discarded scraps and buckets and wrappings and packaging…

Image totally lifted from http://elcieexpeditions.blogspot.com/

It occurs to me that it is bad now, but it is bound to get worse.  In 20 years there is going to be even MORE of this crap and it is bound to accumulate in the places that are furthest from resorts, furthest from towns… the places I want to fish, places I want to soak my soul in.

Garbage in paradise.  It makes me angry and it fills me with a bit of hopelessness because I know there are not enough drunk drivers in the world to clean up the mess we are making for ourselves.  There are not enough people living on the little islands where this crap washes up to actually clean it up.

Is there no beautiful thing we cannot destroy on our own?  Oil Sands, Pebble Mine, De-watered rivers, de-fished oceans and plastic lined beaches.

If you happen to be a secret billionaire reading this post… please hire an army of the un/under-employed and send them to make the beautiful places beautiful again.  I’d really appreciate it.

Feb 11

Life is good – A photo-journey through the world of bonefishing – Global FlyFisher

I like pictures… I like bonefish… I like the Caribbean.  So… it stands to reason that I LOVE pictures of bonefish in the Caribbean.  I found this “A photo-journey through the world of bonefishing.”  Yeah.  I like it.

The flats create an amazing and fascinating world. These areas of seemingly endless shallow water, which are still so abundant with food for the bonefish.

via Life is good – A photo-journey through the world of bonefishing – Global FlyFisher.