Joined: Feb. 2002
||Posted: April 05 2002,1:37 am
Hey Quinn, We just got back from a vacation near your way. We took our time and planned a leisure drive to the Willmington NC area.... geocached while on route in Harisburg, PA and in Raleigh, NC. While in Raleigh we unleashed a horde of nasty beasties....I posted the story on gcaching as one of the little beasties became quite "attached" to me. This being the more "personal" forum I didn't want to go from the quilt lady to the bug lady ....but in the interest of safety here is what I posted on March 26th.........................................
I'm wondering how many people have been attacked by ticks while geocaching...
Today we most definatley were! Last weekend we were in a park in Erie PA where they had tick warning signs at every trail head. We used tick spray last week but today the group scoffed at me and bounded down the trail with naria a waft of bug spray. We spent our morning looking for a cache in NC. On other caches we have puposely removed travelors but up until today we were never the mode of transportation for a mass exidus.
My family and I are from Western NY. We left home on Saturday to go on a caching vacation to end at my mom's house in Bolivia, NC. We headed out to our second cache just as the heat was starting to go up (30s at home near 80 while we cached). Stayed on the main trail for quite a bit and then, as guided by the GPS, darted off on a path less taken.
A bit of "whoa", "hot", "thwank", "ouch" and "is that a tick?" could be heard from various members of the group. Eversure and I found the cache box right off. We traded items and the cache was in fine shape....but we weren't once we had finished our trip out of the bush....
We renamed the cache, at least for our group...Moutain Joy Tick Trap....because we unleased a virtual horde of the nasty beasties. We took a different path out as usually we find a quicker way out than in. While traversing this, a lot more less taken path, we discovered many shrubby bushes and brambles....Well there must have been ticks laying in mass waiting for unsuspecting humans. As a matter of fact butterfly girl (who had never seen a tick before) commented "I have spiders all over my arms". She says she pushed 10 to 20 off her. Once we got out into the main path we all began to remove ticks...this we continued to do on the walk out, where the van was parked, as we administered after the fact spray, while in the car (I had one crawling up my stomach), in the parking lot, on the balcony of our hotel room and then found them slipping down the drain as we each took a shower....we will always, always, ALWAYS put on bug spray when we go geocaching!........................................
I was told while in the sporting goods department of Wmart...that this season the ticks are out early (at least in the South). I bought 2 bottles of the best stuff they had...repell..........
May you be tick free and have a great vacation!!
"Have you no news on your travels?" from the Book of Fairy and Folk Tales of Ireland