Adam and I took off around 7 PM to drive the whopping 2 miles to the closest cache near Table Rock Dam. The weather was perfect and everything is nice and green and there are wildflowers everywhere.
We parked and followed the trail...through tall grass and a LOT of Cedar Trees. For those of you who aren't familiar with ticks, Cedar Trees are what I call Tick Trees. They lie in wait for you to walk under them and then they drop on you. BLECH! So, there I was covering my head under the trees and constantly checking for ticks and rubbing my legs so that nothing could burrow into my skin. Yes, I was absolutely BRILLIANT in my choice of clothing. I didn't think to change out of my shorts. Arggg. Eventually we had to go off the path and into the forest-y area. Poison Oak popping up all over the place, both tiny and large plants. We finally found the ammo box that it was in and I high-tailed it out of there! Sidenote: There were 2 people that found the box yesterday. I had no idea so many people did this on vacation.
As I was looking at some random cacti growing on the side of the trail, I felt something on my leg. At first I thought I was just brushing against the tall grass but NOOOOOO, there were 2 seed ticks crawling on both legs. YUCK. Stupid curiosity of mine. I mean really, who thought there would be random cacti growing in Branson, MO?
We picked off a few ticks before getting into the car and then more at home. I actually yelped at one point as I was looking in the mirror to spot ticks. One was crawling on my thigh (queue yelp), and was running for it when I tried to grab it. Of course it was a big one with a white spot on it. Ewwww. All of the other 15-20 that we found were seed ticks.
I think I may wait until the winter to start looking for these things. It's so sad because the scenery is beautiful around here...you just can't walk around in it.