Ticks Heart My Succulent Flesh

We're back from our big weekend "up north." Our group was comprised of 6 adults and 4 kids. I was the first to get a tick. I think I managed to obtain a passenger within an hour and a half of arriving at the cabin. I asked my friend (who is more outdoorsy than I am) to pluck it off my leg. I also made her promise that she would be my tick picker for the entire weekend, regardless of where a tick may latch on. She agreed, as any good friend would. I am way too prissy for this stuff.

On Saturday we went to a local county park to do a little hiking. It was a beautiful day and there were photo ops in abundance. We foolishly brought strollers along and then found out that most of the trails were not strollerable (even for our rugged big-tired strollers). P's main job was to chase A around and keep her from plummeting to her death.

Later, the kids napped and most of the adults (save one kidsitter) went tubing down the river that runs past the cabin. I don't think I had gone tubing since I was a wee lass. It was a fun trip. We went through two sets of rapids and I quickly learned that if your arse sticks too far through the innertube, it will connect with a rock and that's all there is to it.

On Saturday evening my friend and I gave our two-year-olds a bath together. I found two ticks on my kid. She didn't see the one on her thigh but she did notice the one on her foot. She exclaimed "A spider!" as my friend plucked it off and that was the end of it. I didn't feel the need to tell her that the "spider" was plotting to drink her blood, give her tick-borne disesases, etc.

On Sunday we enjoyed a pancake breakfast and then packed up our copious amounts of "stuff" and headed back home. Karl was the only dog who joined us for the weekend. Since he is black and fluffy, I gave him a good brushing when we got home and found one tick as well as various chunks of foliage. Normally I am not one to put chemicals in or on my dogs but I dosed Karl with everything I could find before we left. So I'm hopeful that he is mostly tick-free. Later, I was talking to my mom on the phone and found one behind my ear, which gave me the heebie-jeebies for the rest of the night.

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