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July 05, 2017, 02:35:23 PM
ouch!! haha that's gotta bite.

I'm just trying to decide where to go camping this weekend!!


July 03, 2017, 06:54:05 PM
Stupid flat tire ruined my hiking plans.  :P


March 06, 2017, 11:19:53 AM
Really missed being out yesterday. Rest is important, though. I hope all of you are having a good spring!


November 24, 2016, 02:29:39 PM
Gobble, Gobble.  Happy Turkey Day!!  :D


April 24, 2016, 04:38:09 PM
If people don't get out there... they are missing it... wow what a great weekend for getting out!

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 on: Today at 10:01:44 AM 
Started by sweeper - Last post by copper creek
no, not huckleberry

 on: Today at 08:23:01 AM 
Started by KyDan - Last post by KyDan
I got a reply from the UK entomologist.
Here's the bulk of it.  A man of a few words....
Larvae (newly hatched) lone star ticks are active now and are a possibility. Here is our pub on them - https://entomology.ca.uky.edu/ef648
I read the article linked above.
It says August is peak time for them.

I've also done a lot of google searching.  Most articles say chiggers leave a raised hard red bump.
I've had chiggers and that is what I experienced in those times.

Once I started looking for lone star tick larvae I found this medical report-
I found this article when I googled for newly hatched lone star ticks.
The photo part way down the page looks exactly like what I have
and also like your photo.

After much closer examination with a magnifying glass we found 2 or 3 of the smallest ticks I have
ever seen and I've seen plenty of young deer ticks which are pretty darn small.

I'm going with lone star tick larvae.

One thing for sure I'm going to try really hard to not repeat this ever again!

 on: Today at 07:19:24 AM 
Started by sweeper - Last post by Bazinga
Huckleberry Arch?

 on: Yesterday at 01:17:54 PM 
Started by wsp_scott - Last post by wsp_scott
Nice trip report and blog.  When the flow is high, you can usually find lots of kayaks and canoes in the area around Blue Heron.

I did not think about it at the time, but I did not see anyone on the water or on the trails. I did not go as far as Blue Heron, so maybe there were some boaters in the flat water there.

One benefit of this packraft is the ability to avoid dealing with a shuttle. I like the idea of a spur of the moment trip that is not just hiking.

 on: Yesterday at 10:10:10 AM 
Started by sweeper - Last post by copper creek
The above waterfall is adjacent to the Lady Slipper-Global Village climbing area. That area is the closest major climbing spot to Miguels, about 2-3 miles further south on 11.  The waterfall is not quite as tall as eagle's nest, but it's pretty impressive.  Name the arch:

 on: August 18, 2017, 06:06:19 PM 
Started by KyDan - Last post by Bazinga
You have lots of chigger bites.

Last time I was stung the doc wrote a script for triamcinolone acetoneide ointment .5% for the itching.  Worked really well for me.

 on: August 18, 2017, 05:11:53 PM 
Started by KyDan - Last post by ShifuCareaga
definitely chiggers. you ran into some ferns that are what I term chigger nests. the pus is your body's reaction.

being a lot doesn't mean they aren't chiggers.

 on: August 18, 2017, 10:48:14 AM 
Started by KyDan - Last post by wsp_scott
I've read somewhere that what makes chiggers so bad is the itching spreads an enzyme (or something) that actually dissolves/rots your skin. So one chigger bite can "spread" if you itch the bite. Maybe something like that is going on for you. Lots of bites low down, but scratching spreads the "itching" higher and every time you scratch, it gets a little bit higher.

 on: August 18, 2017, 08:53:09 AM 
Started by KyDan - Last post by KyDan
Help me name a bug that I can't show you a photo of....
Rita and I RV camped at Hardy Lake in SE Indiana 3 days this week.
We hiked a few miles of their trails and foolishly did not use any "protection".
No deet in other words.
Big mistake.

The trail we hiked was deep in woods with no undergrowth and no worries until
we'd got in there over a mile.
We came to a fire/logging road that was over grown in grass and weeds.
We tried to cross as carefully as possible but "they got us".

Upon our return to the trailer we both took showers but since we were not on
sewers or city water they were abbreviated "navy" showers.

That evening I had a few little water blister bumps on my ankles.
No biggie I thought.
The next day there were many more and by day 3 -our last day there- I have
at least 75-100.
All begin with a tiny water blister. 
Of course all itch like crazy!

These aren't chiggers as I know them.
I googled and all I can find is chiggers but it says a chigger bite
typically is a raised red bump.  I agree.
These are little pustules of water.

This is not my 1st rodeo with these #@$%&* bugs.
I got a dose of them several years ago hiking at Mammoth cave.
Same scenario- clear trail led us into some slight overgrowth with a
scattering of ankle high grass.
Got the same damn bugs with the same itchy little water blisters.

These things seem to be impervious to a normal scrubby shower.
On that previous bout they kept climbing higher.  Showing at first
on ankles but moving to knees and waist and finally getting under
arms and on my back.  No amount of showering seemed to do
much good.  After frantic internet searches someone on a chat
group suggested getting lice body wash at the drug store.
I used that stuff and it seemed to stop the spread immediately but
of course I was stuck with the bites for several days.

I asked at the office at Hardy Lake and they were clueless and admitted they
didn't get out in the woods much!

I called the Salina nature center in Shelbyville and they had me call an
entomologist at UK.  They promised to get back with me in a day or so.

The gal who cleaned the restrooms at the park said her dad calls them
"grass mites" but when I search for that I just find a bug that attacks

Have any of you experienced bug bites like I described?

IF it's any help and you find yourself with a dose of these critters I found that
alcohol hand sanitizer stings a little but as soon as it dries the itching is greatly
reduced.  It seems to last for several hours too.  Sanitizer works better than even
hydrocortisone  "10" (which is actually 1.0%)

Thanks for your input!

 on: August 17, 2017, 07:08:45 PM 
Started by wsp_scott - Last post by genes
Nice trip report and blog.  When the flow is high, you can usually find lots of kayaks and canoes in the area around Blue Heron.

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