The Lone Star , a stylish boutique hotel and restaurant on the western coast, was the answer to our prayers. Purchased in by the British millionaire and soccer team owner David Whelan, the Lone Star was once a garage and gas station. The old structure is still intact, but it now houses six chic guest rooms, each named for a classic American car.
I was in Buick, which was done up in preppy, crisp blue and white and had a terrace the size of my living room in Brooklyn, about 20 feet from the water. The Lone Star's small stretch of sand runs just the length of the hotel. It is private for guests and never crowded. There were plenty of chaises and umbrellas, but I settled on my terrace, with the bottle of rum punch that the hotel leaves for everyone as a welcome gift.
I started a watercolor painting of a potted palm.
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Within an hour, Paul resurfaced, dragging a paddleboard down the beach. After a few days of watching everyone else stand up on a board, I had decided to give it a go. I attached the leash to my ankle, swam out in the waveless water, and hurled myself onto the board with all the grace of a sea lion. I managed to balance for a few seconds and then fell.
That night, we went to dinner at the Lone Star's restaurant, which is one of the most famous on Barbados, for good reason.
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It's open-air, right on the beach, and decorated all in white. The whole place is reminiscent of something one might find in the south of France, and it attracts a similarly fashionable crowd of men in linen and women in Isabel Marant dresses. There was plenty of local fish on the menu, but also curries and shepherd's pie for the British lads.
But the high point of the meal was the banana doughnuts with coconut ice cream, rum caramel, and crushed pistachios. The restaurant was so fun and the food so delicious that we couldn't wait to return the following night. When I woke up the next day, I could see Bajan grannies in shower caps bathing in the water, gossiping as they kept afloat on pool noodles. I swam out into the sea, perhaps a little too far.
I could see a lone figure on a paddleboard, a mile or so up the coast. It was Paul, communing with the ocean one last time. As I swam back to shore, I heard a familiar song playing at the Lone Star's restaurant.
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It was a cover of a Rihanna song, and I was happy to hear it. Lone Star Boutique Hotel : A small yet polished boutique hotel on the west coast. Enjoy breakfast on your suite's terrace. Sea-U Guest House : The best place for a visit to the island's east coast, this property may not have air-conditioning, but it makes up for it with tropical gardens and unspoiled beaches.
Bathsheba; Main Rd. L'Azure : Overlooking the pristine Crane Beach, this restaurant at the Crane Resort is arguably the most picturesque on the island. Don't skip the banana doughnuts at dessert. Sea Side Bar: A classic rum shack on Bathsheba's main drag. Order a fried-fish sandwich with potato wedges and wash it down with Mount Gay rum. Hunte's Gardens : This hidden tropical garden in St. Joseph is built into a sinkhole and will make you feel as though you're encountering a real-life FernGully. Paddle Barbados : Rent your own paddleboarding gear or have owners Jason and Sarah Cole take you out for a private lesson.
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When Aucott joined Johns Hopkins in , Lyme disease had been a mounting concern for a number of years, but conventional wisdom held that the illness would not spread south of the Potomac River. However, he soon began seeing case referrals from first northern then southern Virginia. Globalization is also heightening the threat posed by ticks. Although U. Department of Agriculture officials screen livestock traveling internationally for parasites, they do not screen pets, migratory birds, planes, boats, or people for them.
One already has. A resident in nearby Hunterdon County had become covered in larval ticks while shearing one of her sheep. She and her colleagues contacted the Smithsonian for help to no avail. Her sequencing search returned with a match to Haemaphysalis longicornis , the Asian longhorned tick.
It was the first time the tick had been reported in the United States. Egizi, who had never heard of the species, began doing additional research. The Asian longhorned tick transmits an emerging hemorrhagic fever found in China, Korea, and Japan called severe fever with thrombocytopenia syndrome.
Experts suspect it spreads Rickettsia japonica, which causes Japanese spotted fever. The species previously spread to New Zealand and Australia, where it has wreaked havoc on livestock populations, particularly cattle it is a vector for a frequent condition called fatal bovine theileriosis. As of now, it has not been found to feed on rodents or carry human pathogens in the U.
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How much on people? What is the relative risk to humans? The jury is still out. The particular strain of Asian longhorned tick found in New Jersey is parthenogenetic — that is, it can reproduce without mating. A single female can lay 2, genetically identical eggs every six months as opposed to every two years for most North American ticks.
That may explain the startling numbers of tick larvae found on the sheep. Most were found on wildlife and domestic animals, but two were found on humans. The species has been reported as far north as Connecticut and as far south as Arkansas, and Egizi says the tick is likely to have spread elsewhere. An examination of previously unidentified samples done after the discovery of the Asian longhorned tick in New Jersey revealed that the species had actually been in North America years before That was deeply unsettling, says Beard.
Meanwhile, Egizi is comparing the DNA of her sample with those of specimens around the world, trying to find the most likely population from which it came. The goal is to determine just how it arrived. That very scenario is playing out on the U. This tick, a tropical variety, differs from the common temperate clade of its type found in North America, which almost exclusively feeds on canine hosts.
As of , three years after the Mexican Ministry of Health declared an epidemiologic emergency, more than 4, people had been diagnosed with Rocky Mountain spotted fever in Mexicali, which has a population of approximately , Several hundred have died, including, according to reports, at least four who were infected in Mexicali and later crossed into the U.
The most immediate fear is an outbreak in a major city like Tijuana, with a population of more than 2 million. The tick is already there and has already moved north. While ticks need moisture to survive, the common brown dog tick requires far less than most. This particular clade takes that to the extreme, suggesting its spread could be hastened by climate change.