Asian Long-Horned Tick

One more crappy reason to still enjoy the outdoors: The Asian long-horned tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis, is spreading rapidly along the Eastern Seaboard. It has been found in seven states and in the heavily populated suburbs of New York City. At the moment, public health experts say they are concerned, but…

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Lightning

I love xkcd and his other site “what if?” In the northeast at this point in time (February) lightning is not likely at all, but this post on what if about lightning is electric, and felt the need to share it, especially the video from the what-if post (seen below). Perhaps…

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Roof Rack Reminders for Phones

Sure, I’d like to help you and save your gear from destruction by selling you my line-of-sight roof reminders, BUT you could do this for “free” with your own phone. Cross your fingers your phone works every time, and the volume is up or not silenced for some reason. Also,…

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Flow versus Flowy Trails

Some people may not be familiar with the terms trail gentrification, trail sanitation, or dumbing down. I linked to a post related to this about a year ago. I’m sure there are more terms tied to the same whipping post, but no more come to mind other than “flip-flop-ready”, and…

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Trail Safe

TRAIL SAFE! is a unique safety training program designed specifically for National Park Service (NPS) Trail Volunteers, but is useful to everyone! It’s based upon NPS Operational Leadership Training, where the Human Factor of safety is explored. Trail Safe! captures the core learning objectives of the 16 hour Operational Leadership…

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Tick Information and Safety

Ticks can harbor: Lyme disease bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi), from Ixodes species including deer ticks (Ixodes scapularis) Less common: Babesiosis protozoa (Babesia), from Ixodes scapularis Ehrlichiosis bacteria (Ehrlichia chaffeensis and Ehrlichia ewingii bacterial), from Lone Star ticks (Amblyomma americanum), as well as Making People Allergic To Meat Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever:…

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