Sunday, July 6, 2008
No Geocaching, was Tick Check
We recently spent a week semi-roughing it in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. I had a big post ready about ticks and mosquitoes, and my review of insect repellents and your health. But after sitting on the post for a week, I want to say that sometimes you just need to get out and NOT find a geocache. Wandering with no urgency, that is no cache to find, can be a beautiful thing. No, I haven't fallen off the wagon. I'll be back in the game. I did carry some coords with me to WI. We were just in a really remote area.
This post has changed from 'Tick Check, Caching With Ticks and Mosquitoes' to 'Things I Enjoyed Without Geocaching.' I don't regret not adding to my cache finds because I...
1. Saw the sun set at Long Lake in Wisconsin.
2. Added a lot of flora to my life list.
3. Added a black bear to my fauna life list.
4. Paddled a canoe almost every day with my kids.
5. Got one tick. The ugly totals:
Mr. GAIN's tick count = 0
G of GAIN = 2
A of GAIN= 4
I of GAIN = 3
N of GAIN's tick count = 24
Mosquito totals: too many to count. We'll be scarred for life.
I can't say that I enjoyed getting a tick, but getting it meant that I was having fun outside. If I did not get the tick, then I would have been inside not having as much fun as if I were outside. Guaranteed.