Sunrise: Chasing the dream

Life filled with adventure, both actual and spiritual.

20 August 2016 | Coral Gardens near Tahaa
18 August 2016 | On the way to Tahaa, French Polynesia
17 August 2016 | Les Trois Cascades, Raiatea, French Polynesia
12 August 2016 | Uturoa, Raiatea
11 August 2016 | Bora Bora, French Polynesia
11 August 2016 | Tahaa West Pass
10 August 2016 | Tahaa Coral Gardens
10 August 2016 | Tahaa pass
10 August 2016 | West of Bora Bora
31 July 2016 | Bora Bora
30 July 2016 | Bora Bora in 2016, near Bloody Mary’s restaurant
26 July 2016 | Coral Garden near the Taha'a Resort
26 July 2016 | Near The Taha'a Resort
20 July 2016 | West side of Taha'a, French Polynesia
16 July 2016 | Tahaa, Frech Polynesia
12 July 2016 | Approach to Utaroa Raiatea French Polynesia
02 July 2016 | Ilot Maharare, Tahaa, French Polynesia
28 June 2016 | Tapioi, Raiatea
28 June 2016 | Raiatea Carenage Services, Raiatea, French Polynesia
22 June 2016 | Tapioi, Raiatea

Diversity Macro and Micro

25 October 2013 | Boulder CO
Bill
All of these parrots and parakeets must come here daily to eat some of this clay as it neutralizes the poisons that are in the fruits that they eat.

Tropical rainforests are the most diverse ecosystems on earth. A four-square mile patch of rainforest contains as many as 1500 species of flowering plants, 750 species of trees, 125 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, 100 species of reptiles, 60 species of amphibians, and 150 species of butterflies. More than 50% of the world's plant and animal species inhabit the 7% of the world that is covered in rainforest. We heard that one tree in the rainforest can have more species of ants in it than exist in all of the UK!

What we didn't know at the time, and what we have learned since is that our intestines are almost as interesting!! Somewhere between 300 and 1000 species live in our guts! Wow...

So, while in South America we picked up a few extra species that were upsetting the delicate balance and our guts had some serious issues, as often happens when an invasive species enters a particular habitat. To get rid of some bacteria and at least one species of amoeba, we took some pretty intense medication (Isobel with her more robust gut did not require the worse of the cocktail.)

Lara was not as affected as I was. For me it took quite a while to bring my intestinal flora diversity back. I saw a doctor in Boulder who informed me that 70% of the cells in my body are not my own!! 10% of those are on our skin (and we need them there... so why do we use anti-bactieral soap etc??) and the rest are in our guts! Wow. If you go to Wikipedia you can find some very well documented information that relates to all this. This is an excerpt:

The human body carries about 100 trillion microorganisms in its intestines, a number ten times greater than the total number of human cells in the body.[2][3][4][5][6] The metabolic activities performed by these bacteria resemble those of an organ, leading some to liken gut bacteria to a "forgotten" organ.[7] It is estimated that these gut flora have around a hundred times as many genes in aggregate as there are in the human genome.[8]

In my recovery, I have found that wheat adversely affects how all those 100 trillion microorganisms function... so now I have to see if I can brew some gluten free beer!!
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Vessel Name: Sunrise
Vessel Make/Model: Hallberg Rassy 38
Hailing Port: Dorset, VT
Crew: Bill, Lara and Isobel Calfee
About: We left Lake Champlain September 18th, 2009. Isobel was 7 months old
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/beherenowii
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