Published Apr 1, 2014
Sources say an outbreak of ticks along the Appalachian Trail is causing disease and inconvenience for hikers.
Ticks are known to carry maladies, including Lyme disease. Ticks often nest in hikers' thick beards, where ticks multiply daily into seething colonies of blood sucking bugs.
Authorities are taking no chances in some spots along the Appalachian Trail. There are reports of the banning of beards on hikers, in order to prevent the spread of ticks from person to person.
In spite of the willingness of many hikers to help, daily body checks for ticks can be invasive and a bit too personal for strangers meeting on the Trail.
Ticks conceal themselves in long hair, beards and "personal spaces" seeking to infect their prey. That's why banning beards makes sense to some people. After all, if you were a tick where would you hide?
Hikers who are clean-shaved will be a healthy example to others and will immediately stand out as having tick-free chins. This ban on beards was a compromise with more strident individuals and groups who wanted all body hair to be banished. They chanted the slogan "Hair-Free is Care-Free!!" when the news of beard ban was broken.
One hiker was quoted as saying, "Really? Far out man. That's radical, for sure. Will we be arrested when our beards grow back, dude?"
Authorities assure us that the move to temporarily banish beards will no longer be required when the Appalachian Trail is completely paved in the next few years, in order to allow citizens in golf carts the right to enjoy the Trail in their golden years.
We'll keep you posted on further developments.
Tags: Appalachian Trail, Hiking, and News
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