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Postby MoapaPk » Tue Mar 30, 2010 7:43 pm

Thanks! Flowers just popped out around here this weekend. Boy we have a lot of cheat grass-- this may be a grim fire season.

How are the ticks out there this year, with so much rain?
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Postby lisae » Tue Mar 30, 2010 8:23 pm

Nice pictures, but poison oak is not my friend.

We drove from Las Vegas to Santa Cruz on Sunday. Sadly, my camera battery was dead because the wild flower displays (Highway 46, near Paso Robles) were wonderful!
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Postby MoapaPk » Tue Mar 30, 2010 10:06 pm

Dingus Milktoast wrote:Hardly a tick in sight. I can feel em walking on me... I've had one tick attach to me in 25 years of CA back country madness.

Where as in TN we picked em off the dogs like grapes. Used to throw the engorged ones at my sisters hehe.


I typically get about 1 tick embedded per year, and pull off many more before they get a chance to bite. Most are brown dog ticks. Around here, ticks are most common on the creosote bushes in areas that get just 4-10" rain in a normal year, particularly where bighorns are in evidence (sheep trails, coffee beans).
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Postby Andinistaloco » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:12 am

MoapaPk wrote:I typically get about 1 tick embedded per year


How many'd you get on that climb we did the other day? :wink:

DMT, sweet pics. Spring's just around the corner here as well - was actually 60 the other day!
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Postby erykmynn » Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:13 pm

pics = broken
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Postby MoapaPk » Wed Mar 31, 2010 6:38 pm

Andinistaloco wrote:
MoapaPk wrote:I typically get about 1 tick embedded per year


How many'd you get on that climb we did the other day? :wink:


One embedded in my side; one just crawling up my sock. I was expecting similar -- that was a warmish route with lots of brush (did you notice the brush?).

At least the GC had temps of 16F this last weekend, so the ticks were probably driven into stasis.
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Postby Clark_Griswold » Wed Mar 31, 2010 7:51 pm

MoapaPk wrote:
Andinistaloco wrote:
MoapaPk wrote:I typically get about 1 tick embedded per year


How many'd you get on that climb we did the other day? :wink:


One embedded in my side; one just crawling up my sock. I was expecting similar -- that was a warmish route with lots of brush (did you notice the brush?).

At least the GC had temps of 16F this last weekend, so the ticks were probably driven into stasis.


The pics are still not working. Insects are one of biggest reasons I love AZ, especially after living in NJ, FL, and VA. I have never seen a tick out here, and the only mosquitoes I have seen were up at high elevation in Colorado. I do not miss them. I live in a cold part of the state, so I don't encounter those pesky Africanized bees.
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Postby MoapaPk » Wed Mar 31, 2010 8:53 pm

I don't think the photos will ever be back. DMT is probably using a free or low-cost service at photobucket, and that service puts bandwidth limits on the downloading of photos from such accounts. Every time someone reads this page (when the images aren't cached), the download meter for that account (or group of images) ticks up, until it exceeds the photobucket limit.
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Postby billisfree » Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:10 pm

Well... they were GREAT photos - while it lasted!

Thanks for sharing!
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