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Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657036 by Trailhead Tessie
Nov 21, 2011 9:10pm
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To letterbox on trails I start;
But ticks attack my nether part.
Ticks demonstrate extreme poor taste
When they embed below the waist.
And what they taste, it seems to me,
Is out-of-bounds; don't you agree?
Extraction can be difficult;
My first-aid book I must consult.
Tweezers or a smold'ring match
May from my "friend" the tick detach.
"Prevent the bite" the book exhorts:
I'll spray some DEET inside my shorts.

Grumpy
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657037 by Grumpy Grinch
Nov 22, 2011 6:05am
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You should be working for Hallmark, I'd buy that card. Maybe just create a stamped image to go with it?
Cap'n Crunch: The Guppy
Board: State: Connecticut
Nov 22, 2011 8:20am
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"The Guppy" was found on the trail as trash, but noticed as a letterbox later. The box is safe and will be returned shortly, but box will not be back in place probably until December.
Re: Cap'n Crunch: The Guppy
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657110 by cooledcoyote
Nov 22, 2011 8:44am
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Glad he's ok. I really enjoyed that series.

MM
Re: Cap'n Crunch: The Guppy
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657121 by MissMoon
Nov 22, 2011 9:09am
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As I recall, the Guppy is one you missed, so don't go looking right now, y'hear?
Re: Where do you see the future of parks and trails going?
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656400 by DevilinDog
Nov 22, 2011 9:47am
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Its a matter of budget cutbacks. The parks are not valued by the legislators and the voters who elect them. Until more people get jobs and pay taxes on the income, it wil be tough times for all state services.

I have been checking on my boxes and I find I am getting fewer visitors to them. Have any of you found a decrease of visits to your boxes? Is this part of the general trend?
Bird Stamper
Re: Cap'n Crunch: The Guppy
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657126 by cooledcoyote
Nov 22, 2011 1:49pm
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Yeah, I shudda said *most* of the series. lol Maybe I'll get back before Mother Nature dumps 37 feet of snow on Connecticut.
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656799 by burning feet
Nov 23, 2011 4:14am
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Trade you some spore for ticks any day!
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656808 by Trailhead Tessie
Nov 23, 2011 4:16am
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I stuck all or our clothes directly in the washing machine, did the hottest load possible and had a tick walking around on the stuff when I grabbed it out?!!! I think I'll try the bath tub method.
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657037 by Grumpy Grinch
Nov 23, 2011 4:18am
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Sorry to hear the Grinch Goods are getting grabbed. :o) You're too funny.
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657291 by Travel'n Turtle
Nov 23, 2011 4:36am
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Ticks can survive almost anything and if you flick them off they can fly(?) back onto you so I carry scotch tape with me and wrap them up in that. They can't escape. Somehow I've not seen one on me this year but Gizz has found a couple.
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657297 by Rubaduc
Nov 23, 2011 5:17am
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They can't escape.

...I just squish 'em between 2 stones.....
CT Trail Managers Needed
Board: State: Connecticut
Nov 23, 2011 9:25am
CFPA is looking for volunteers to fill the following vacancies:

Trail Manager (Mohawk Trail)
Trail maintainer needed for a section of the Mohawk Trail in Cornwall. This 4-mile section of trail requires regular seasonal maintenance, re-blazing and lots of love! Must be able to hike long distances, work with hand tools and commit to visiting the trail several times a year. Contact Clare Cain if interested- ccain at ctwoodlands dot org.

Trail Manager (Quinnipiac Trail)
Trail maintainer needed for a section of the Quinnipiac Trail in Prospect/Cheshire. This 4-mile section, from Rt 42 to Rt 68, requires regular seasonal maintenance. Must be able to hike long distances, work with hand tools and commit to visiting the trail several times a year. Contact Clare Cain if interested- ccain at ctwoodlands dot org.

Trail Manager (Tunxis Trail)
Trail maintainer needed for the Nepaug Section of the Tunxis Trail in New Hartford/Burlington. This 11-mile section, from Hotchkiss Rd to Rt 44, requires regular seasonal maintenance. Must be able to hike long distances, work with hand tools and commit to visiting the trail at least 3 times a year. Contact Clare Cain if interested- ccain at ctwoodlands dot org.
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657448 by System
Nov 23, 2011 1:46pm
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I use my pocket knife to scrape them off with, then cut them in half. I used to flip out if I had one on me, now they don't bother me so much, though I still hate them. Now it's BB3 that flips out when they are on her, so I'm sure she'll sympathize with you Linda. I'll side with TD on this one! ;)
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657304 by sojourner
Nov 23, 2011 1:54pm
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...I just squish 'em between 2 stones.....

I used to work for the forest service in northern Wisconsin. There were 4 of us that would tromp through the woods each day and at then end of the day we'd be covered in ticks. We used to plug in the Suburban's cigarette lighter and drop the ticks in the hot lighter. They pop like popcorn! Disgusting, probably cruelty, but amusing, and it definitely killed 'em.
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657452 by Four If By Sea
Nov 23, 2011 3:01pm
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We used to plug in the Suburban's cigarette lighter and drop the ticks in the hot lighter. They pop like popcorn! Disgusting, probably cruelty, but amusing, and it definitely killed 'em.

(singing)
"Dead ticks roasting on a cigarette lighter
Boxers happy they're not on their clothes..." :D

-gollygee
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657297 by Rubaduc
Nov 23, 2011 4:13pm
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I carry scotch tape with me and wrap them up in that

We carry a small sized lint roller. It works especially well when driving down the highway on the way home and one of those little suckers runs across your leg!
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657485 by JESSS
Nov 23, 2011 4:14pm
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How many times can I click the "Agree" Button? The lint roller idea was the best thing ever JESS! Thanks!!!
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657485 by JESSS
Nov 23, 2011 4:51pm
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I agree completely with the Vs!! I don't know how many times we've checked ourselves before getting in the car, and later on, look down, and there's a bugger crawling up our pant leg or shirt sleeve. Thanks for that invaluable tip!!
Re: Salisbury Ct - Another hiking adventure
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656575 by Celtic Roots
Nov 25, 2011 2:51pm
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The hike tomorrow in Salisbury is on! The weather looks ideal. Refer to the earlier post for the details. Join us for a boxing adventure.
Re: Salisbury Ct - Another hiking adventure
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657849 by Celtic Roots
Nov 25, 2011 3:15pm
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The hike tomorrow in Salisbury is on!

Have fun! Let us know what the trail conditions are when you get back. I was on an easy trail in Devil's Den, Weston, today and there wasn't really any storm damage at all.
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656776 by Travel'n Turtle
Nov 25, 2011 4:02pm
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Oh I know!!! You thought you can put that tick spray away when november rolled around but, Nope! My dog had 20 the other day one her. She as well had about 7 of them crawling on her fur. I had 2, myself. In the beginning of June. I got a tick, didn't notice it for a day and woke up with such pain in my armpit. There it was. A tick... a day later I got a ring around the bite. I had to get antibiotics for that damn thing! Be very careful and always check yourself! My mom got severe lyme disease and still has never found the tick or the bite. Lyme disease can kill. Unfortunately we live where the damn disease was first found. Yay!
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657871 by LevreaultFam
Nov 25, 2011 5:29pm
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You thought you can put that tick spray away when november rolled around but, Nope!

You can get ticks all winter, even on a snowy day in February, if the weather gets about 40 degrees or so.
New clues
Board: State: Connecticut
Nov 26, 2011 11:56am
Measure Up at Penwood State Park has new clues, be sure to reprint them before going out. After relocating the box we took the newly blazed white trail up to the blue and found the whole trail had been cleared of debris. Our blue tail volunteers are the BEST.
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657898 by Trailhead Tessie
Nov 26, 2011 3:44pm
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Right. But we've had an abnormal warmth this winter.

Are you going to reply telling me how this warmth is normal now? Since you like to always correct me
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #658114 by LevreaultFam
Nov 26, 2011 4:16pm
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I was agreeing with you. You said you can get ticks in November, and I agreed with that. If that was actually an oblique way of saying it's warm, then that went right over my head.
Soon-to-be letterboxer!
Board: State: Connecticut
Nov 26, 2011 5:29pm
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I just carved a signature stamp for my little nephew, who is 5, and will be taking him to letterbox tomorrow with my sister (and others) at Sleeping Giant. He really wants to see the tower and I suggested we find a simple box to look for and hopefully they will continue to LB with him when they go back to GA. I'm super excited and just wanted to share. :)
Re: Event box
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #656126 by Teeker
Nov 26, 2011 5:30pm
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Thanks, Teeker. I missed this reply and hopefully will get around to planting sometime soon.
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #657036 by Trailhead Tessie
Nov 26, 2011 6:21pm
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Permethrin-based sprays on clothing kill them.

Does any type work well or are they all the same? do you soak your clothes or spray it on? I am really tired of the tick bites and find myself wishing for the mosquitoes again.
Re: Ticks!!!
Board: State: Connecticut
Reply to: #658153 by DevilinDog
Nov 26, 2011 6:23pm
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I rather deal with ticks than mosquitos!