If you’re wondering why I never go hiking during the summer…

This might clue you in:

Lyme Disease Risk MapSee that really scary looking black color blanketing the entire lower state area of New York?  Exactly.

There isn’t enough Permethrin in the world that would make me roll the dice on a quiet walk in the woods here.  I’d rather get eaten by mountain lions than deal with ticks.  Seriously.

On the other hand, look at that lovely shade of white spanning the beatific states of Colorado, Wyoming, Montana and Idaho…

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9 Responses to If you’re wondering why I never go hiking during the summer…

  1. Lisa in Vermont June 13, 2013 at 12:32 AM #

    Come to Vermont. We don’t have many ticks here b/c of the long, cold winters. It’s only in recent years that they’ve started to be a nuisance in some parts of the state. I’ve never come back from a hike with one and I’ve never had to remove one from my dog (I do give her a monthly flea and tick treatment in the warmer weather).

    • Frank Swift June 13, 2013 at 1:23 AM #

      Ha, you sound like a friend of mine in New Hampshire. (Come to New Hampshire, come to New Hampshire!) Incidentally enough New Hampshire (or specifically the White Mountain region) is one of the rare few places I’m willing to move to in the country. There’s that, the Smokies in Tennessee, and the Rocky Mountains that span several states. Ultimately where I go will depend on where a job opportunity arises, but wherever it is I’m hoping and praying I can finally put down roots deep in the mountains somewhere very far from here. ;-)

  2. Sarea Clark June 13, 2013 at 7:27 AM #

    Let’s GO!!

  3. thehap June 14, 2013 at 9:19 PM #

    Simple solution: Go hiking in the winter. Be a Franksicle!

    • Frank Swift June 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM #

      I actually do go hiking during the winters. Some of my best pictures on Flickr come from those hikes too. :-D

  4. Butterfly Flower June 17, 2013 at 1:17 AM #

    Of course, I come across this chart after my husband was pulling ticks off the cat >_< I told him they were dangerous!

    You should travel to Japan, you'd enjoy the mountains! My husband vacationed in Hokkaido just to go climbing.

    • Frank Swift June 17, 2013 at 12:35 PM #

      I may visit there someday, but when going abroad, there’s a few bucket list stops I need to make first. ;-) Including a road tour through Scuuuuutland!


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