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billy.pilgrim wrote:
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Never heard of seed ticks. Actually, I've never picked up more than 2-3 ticks at a time anywhere. But here's the story...
https://www.self.com/story/seed-ticks
Didn't read the story, but there's a weed on Tennessee that farmer's call chigger weed. The almost microscopic little shits hatch out and cover the soft top leaves waiting for whatever happens by.
It grows alongside trails and roads.
People usually steer clear but it's not uncommon to get hundreds by simply brushing into one.
City folk are always touching things as they walk along, farm people - not so much.

Chiggers bury all the way in and are red. Ticks come in a variety of browns and only go in head deep.

Chiggers itch the most but probably won't kill you.


After reading the article - somebody is wrong
https://kentuckyoutdoorsonline.com/avoi ... gger-weed/

Imagine not knowing any better, coming across this pretty "flower" and deciding to pick it for your girl. You hand it to her, she bats her eyes lovingly at you and sends a sweet smile of appreciation your way, then her face gets swarmed by chiggers.

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Whack9 wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:32 pm
billy.pilgrim wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 5:05 pm
O Really wrote:
Sun Sep 08, 2019 11:18 pm
Never heard of seed ticks. Actually, I've never picked up more than 2-3 ticks at a time anywhere. But here's the story...
https://www.self.com/story/seed-ticks
Didn't read the story, but there's a weed on Tennessee that farmer's call chigger weed. The almost microscopic little shits hatch out and cover the soft top leaves waiting for whatever happens by.
It grows alongside trails and roads.
People usually steer clear but it's not uncommon to get hundreds by simply brushing into one.
City folk are always touching things as they walk along, farm people - not so much.

Chiggers bury all the way in and are red. Ticks come in a variety of browns and only go in head deep.

Chiggers itch the most but probably won't kill you.


After reading the article - somebody is wrong
https://kentuckyoutdoorsonline.com/avoi ... gger-weed/

Imagine not knowing any better, coming across this pretty "flower" and deciding to pick it for your girl. You hand it to her, she bats her eyes lovingly at you and sends a sweet smile of appreciation your way, then her face gets swarmed by chiggers.
That's it. I should have used the Google.
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Unread post by billy.pilgrim » Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:28 am

https://wallethub.com/edu/happiest-states/6959/

NJ does pretty good #5 happiest people

Not so much Florida, SC and NC, they check in at #28, 29 and 30.

Most of the SEC states join together to fill out the bottom 10. It's probably best to stay out of Arkansas and West Virginia.
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Today's expedition - Cottonwood Canyon State Park Oregon. Beautiful day, easy walk by the river.
https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm? ... parkId=195

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This was such a cool walk - Big Obsidian Flow.
https://www.oregonlive.com/travel/2017/ ... of_or.html

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O Really wrote:
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Today's expedition - Cottonwood Canyon State Park Oregon. Beautiful day, easy walk by the river.
https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm? ... parkId=195

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Whoa, gorgeous, do you fly fish?
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O Really wrote:
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This was such a cool walk - Big Obsidian Flow.
https://www.oregonlive.com/travel/2017/ ... of_or.html
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GoCubsGo wrote:
Sat Oct 12, 2019 10:01 pm
O Really wrote:
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Today's expedition - Cottonwood Canyon State Park Oregon. Beautiful day, easy walk by the river.
https://oregonstateparks.org/index.cfm? ... parkId=195

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Whoa, gorgeous, do you fly fish?
I don't fish, but seeing a guy pull a 20-pound Chinook out of the Deschutes river up by where it runs into the Columbia makes it tempting. We were on a trail that runs by the water in the Deschutes River State Recreation area, and there are guys standing out in the river fishing, most of whom seemed to be catching something. Anyway, here comes down the trail on the way back to the parking lot a guy hauling a fish that had to be over two feet long. He said it was 20 pounds. So when its all filleted out you'd have what - still 15 pounds? That's a lot of good eating.

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billy.pilgrim wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 4:28 am
https://wallethub.com/edu/happiest-states/6959/

NJ does pretty good #5 happiest people

Not so much Florida, SC and NC, they check in at #28, 29 and 30.

Most of the SEC states join together to fill out the bottom 10. It's probably best to stay out of Arkansas and West Virginia.
Dude people talk a lot of smack about Jersey but it ain't all that bad, unless you live there then you have to hate on it.

People in NJ love to hate on Jersey. I tried explaining to my southern girlfriend. We gotta hate on wherever it is we live, even if we like it. I hate on the south all the time. Not because I hate it though. I do it out of love. The yin and the yang, or something. I guess.

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Unread post by O Really » Wed Oct 16, 2019 9:52 pm

Yeah, like a lot of states, "Jersey" isn't just one place.

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O Really wrote:
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Yeah, like a lot of states, "Jersey" isn't just one place.
It's a state of mind, too.

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Unread post by O Really » Thu Nov 07, 2019 10:41 pm

Today we hiked in the Pfeiffer Big Sur state park. Part of it was on an uphill trail resulting in great views and then back to the Big Sur river - another part went through one of the best redwood groves in this part of the state. Beautiful park, beautiful day. Stopped off at the fish monger for some red snapper to eat with some local wine and fire roasted artichokes from down the street.

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O Really wrote:
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Today we hiked in the Pfeiffer Big Sur state park. Part of it was on an uphill trail resulting in great views and then back to the Big Sur river - another part went through one of the best redwood groves in this part of the state. Beautiful park, beautiful day. Stopped off at the fish monger for some red snapper to eat with some local wine and fire roasted artichokes from down the street.

I didn't go hiking but I did stop at the fish store for fresh shrimp and the farmer's market for almost black plantains after hearing Lamont tell Fred about this great dish their new Puerto Rican neighbor, Julio, had prepared.

Who calls it an idiot box, a boob tube? It taught me about mofongo. Damn good food. Thanks TV.
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I'll be trying that.

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Unread post by O Really » Tue Nov 12, 2019 10:44 pm

Today was our second day in Kings Canyon/Sequoia park. We walked around and gawked at the Grant tree, then hiked through the north grove with many sequoias. Yesterday was the last day the road was open out to the end of Kings Canyon so we took the drive. Not too much hiking because of the time it takes to get out there and back, the fact that the sun goes down here at 4:50 and before in the canyon, and the not so incidental issue that all the trails deep in the canyon go pretty much straight up and down. But Kings Canyon is really magnificent - well worth the time/effort to get to it.
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General Grant tree...

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General Grant tree...

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Wow!
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Unread post by O Really » Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:42 am

Wow, fershure. The strange thing is that if you see them from a short distance or from the base they do look huge, but you can only get the real perspective when you have a photo of one of the trees and a tiny spot of person beside it. The big trees are 30-something feet across at the base. The redwoods are taller, but the sequoias are much larger in the trunk and base. Incredible sights.

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Unread post by O Really » Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:50 am

So I have a Florida geezer state park pass - $10 lifetime, free to enter parks, half price on camping.
I've got a Washington state Discovery pass, $30/year
I've got a Canadian parks Discovery pass, $57/year
I bought the National Park geezer pass before it went up to $80 -$10 lifetime.

So, Ulysses, why is a California pass $195/year? :shock:

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O Really wrote:
Wed Nov 13, 2019 12:50 am
So I have a Florida geezer state park pass - $10 lifetime, free to enter parks, half price on camping.
I've got a Washington state Discovery pass, $30/year
I've got a Canadian parks Discovery pass, $57/year
I bought the National Park geezer pass before it went up to $80 -$10 lifetime.

So, Ulysses, why is a California pass $195/year? :shock:
I have no idea what the California pass is.

But I do have a national park geezer pass... bought it for about $15 ... still haven't used it, tho.

Also have an East Bay Regional Parks Pass. Allows me to park free at a nearby lake where I do my bicycling.

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