You can’t see the danger in this photo of the path above Carmel River Beach with Point Lobos across the way…and that’s the problem. Ticks are out in full force as we weather another drought. Stay on the path, something not easy for Ivan, a long haired dog that loves to sniff all bushes. Of course, I put tick repellant on him (reminder, he needs a new application). Last year after a hike I picked up five ticks on my neck and ankles–they come in bunches. I do a tick check after every hike followed by a shower.
Two years ago I led a group of 20 relatives on a coastal hike. I was the only one with ticks after we were done! Yes, I should try tick repellant.