The closer northbound Appalachian Trail (AT) thru-hikers get to Maine's Mount Katahdin and the completion of their hikes, muscles are stronger and personal endurance has hit new heights.
Walk in the rain? Piece of cake.
Sleep in the rain? Piece of soggy cake.
Smell your own body odor? Beyond oblivious.
Threat of being bitten by infectious ticks? Worse than ever, unfortunately.
'Tis the season for ticks to hatch in New England, where millions of female ticks can lay 3,000 tiny eggs each.
[Math geeks will instantly realize the number of newborn ticks is almost as great as the number of professional athletes arrested annually in America.]
Wildlife authorities say moose are enticing targets for ticks. One moose can "host" up to 150,000 blood-sucking ticks, causing disease and death.
The AT runs through the moose-rich environment of Maine, where these 1,500-1,800 pound animals -- that look more like camels than deer -- munch and roam along roadsides.
Enter the 100-Mile-Wilderness and you're on their turf and maybe on their menu.
The Lyme Disease Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions for tick-borne disorders. They offer plenty of information on how to prevent tick bites.
Ticks like to rest on low-lying brush in order to attach themselves to passing animals or people. Wooded areas, low-growing grassland and seashores present a high risk for tick infestation. Even in high-density areas there are to defend yourself against ticks.
Be cautious on the Trail, please.
Tags: Tourism, Appalachian Trail, Hiking, News, and Maine Appalachian Trail Club
Published Apr 1, 2014.
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