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    Certainly not the earliest that I've ran into one but had one on me today.

    I needed to run down to Elizabethtown this afternoon. Wirh some free time on the way back, I made a stop at the Thrall Dam Park in Lewis.

    There's quite a bit of interesting history here and it's on full display at the trailheads. The info board displays a history of the park and the man made dams that used to be there. The board also provides pertinent info on the park including tick warnings.

    There have been a number of Thrall Dams over the past 100 years. All of the dams were destroyed by mother nature. Don't mess with the power of the Burpee Brook!

    The last dam failed in the 80s. In the time since, beavers have made a new dam and so far they've been more successful than humans.
    DEC evidently stocks the "lake" with trout.

    I walked down to the sites of the former dams / current beaver dam... Beautiful.

    Like I said, this was a quick time killer on the way home. Back at the trailhead, I could feel something crawling on my back. I grabbed it. A tick...

    I know ticks aren't uncommon at points south of the ADK right now... They're definitely awake and hungry here now.

    Really quick update: A few minutes after making this post, I, went to take my nightly shower and found one attached to my shoulder...

    Just found another on my back..

  • #2
    1. Thrall "Lake."
    2. Jerk.
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    • #3
      Damn! What, are they flying through the air?
      Nothing like being in the woods.

      http://www.gerardsadirondackpics.shutterfly.com

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      • #4
        Where’s the yuck button when you need one.
        Leave No Trace! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXO1uY0MvmQ
        ThereAndBack http://www.hikesafe.com/

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        • #5
          How was the fishing?
          My mind was wandering like the wild geese in the west.

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          • Learning The Trails
            Learning The Trails commented
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            No clue. I didn't have any fishing gear with me or I would've taken a few casts.

          • FlyFishingandBeer
            FlyFishingandBeer commented
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            This reminds me, I think my next piece of gear might have to be an ultralight, packable Tenkara rod. There's so many promising looking little creeks and streams, it would be a nice way to kill time on some hikes.

          • Makwa
            Makwa commented
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            Come on! Have you already forgotten the genius of Ron Popeil?
            https://www.amazon.com/Ronco-Fisherm...222084795&th=1

        • #6
          Get your ticks tested for free at Upstate. Also, all sorts of info on the tick surveillance data.

          It's easy, I've done it a few times.

          "Adventuring can be for the ordinary person, with ordinary qualities, such as I reguard myself" - Sir Edumnd Hillary

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          • #7
            Originally posted by Learning The Trails View Post
            I, went to take my nightly shower and found one attached to my shoulder...
            Just found another on my back..
            That's strange.
            Are you sure that these were ticks?
            AFAIK from theory and from my own and my friends experience ticks are supposed to attach to crotch, armpits and other soft wet body parts.

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            • bikerhiker
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              thankfully i have yet to find any ticks in those spots you mention on myself.
              the last two attached ticks i removed from myself were attached and engorged on the outside of my upper arms by the shoulder, and i think all the ones i have found on myself over the years have been arms, chest or back; never pits.
              i believe my girlfriend had one attached to the outside of her lower arm this spring.

            • Learning The Trails
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              I've gotten ticks everywhere. Including the armpit and on my ____. They try to go for warm spots but will attach anywhere they can. I've had them on my stomach, back and knee before. My daughter had one on her chest a few years ago.

              And, these most recent ones were definitely deer ticks.

          • #8
            Also, I still have a mark/scab on my shoulder and it's been over 5 weeks. I got a high dose of doxycycline and have had no symptoms.

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            • #9
              Fun fact this was how the Baltic Sea was named!
              Leave No Trace! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXO1uY0MvmQ
              ThereAndBack http://www.hikesafe.com/

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              • Learning The Trails
                Learning The Trails commented
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                Ha.


                That one was on the other part...

                :-O

            • #10
              Found a tick on the wall the other day. It must have hitched a ride in on my clothes after one of my walks in the woods locally here.

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              • Learning The Trails
                Learning The Trails commented
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                Just remembered that Pokey got one 2 weeks ago. We were in the process of moving. Our old landlord was a slumlord and had given up on everything including mowing the yard. I asked Pokey to grab a toy from the yard to throw in the car and a few minutes later she noticed a tick on her. It hadn't attached. I quickly killed it.

            • #11
              So I had this little bugger on my pack on top of Algonquin last week
              "Climbing is about freedom. There's no prize money; there are no gold medals. The mountains are all about going there to do what you want to do. That's why I'll never tell anyone else how to climb. All I can say is, This is how I prefer to do it."
              Ed Viesturs

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              • Bunchberry
                Bunchberry commented
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                Is that a stink bug?

              • dundee
                dundee commented
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                It's a stink bug.

            • #12
              Nope it’s an adult tic
              "Climbing is about freedom. There's no prize money; there are no gold medals. The mountains are all about going there to do what you want to do. That's why I'll never tell anyone else how to climb. All I can say is, This is how I prefer to do it."
              Ed Viesturs

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              • #13
                Most creative tick I ever had found a home inside my bellybutton. Had to have been there a couple of days before I found the little guy/girl. I scratched the area a few times but never thought to look there.
                It's not about winning, but the rivers you cross.

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                • #14
                  I tested positive for Lyme disease last week and am currently taking antibiotics (Doxycycline). I got tested and began treatment within three days of the first symptoms. My best guess as to how and where I got it is sitting among blueberry plants amid occasionally damp ground litter during this year's bounteous harvest. Didn't see a tick or identify a specific bite.

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                  • #15
                    Update: All is well. I've experienced no further symptoms or repercussions after treatment.

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