Aug 21, 2017Gary on the Berryman Trail

Color photograph of Gary Allman backpacking on the Ozark / Berryman Trail.
Gary on the Ozark / Berryman Trail Copyright © 2017 Ginger Allman, all rights reserved
Black and White photograph of Gary Allman backpacking on the Ozark / Berryman Trail. Gary is wearing a kilt and huaraches.
Gary on the Ozark / Berryman Trail Copyright © 2017 Ginger Allman, all rights reserved.

A serious-looking Gary on the Ozark / Berryman Trail, on the “2017 Total Eclipse Backpacking Trip”. It was hot, humid, and buggy. Just how buggy we didn’t realize until we got home. We removed 11 seed ticks from my toes alone. As to Chigger bites …

We knew about the seed ticks, as Ginger noticed we’d gone through a nest. We didn’t know about the chiggers. I picked them up back at the parking lot. A van was parked across the trail exit so we cut across a load of grass. At the time I thought it’d be bad to pick up some chigger bites on the final few yards of the hike. Bad it was – I ended up with hundreds of bites (unfortunately not an exaggeration – TMTC -Too Many To Count) and a miserable few days recovering.

What is stunning is that neither of us thought to apply Deet when we knew we’d just crossed a nest of seed ticks.

That’s a lesson I’ll remember for a while.

I should add that the utility kilt & huaraches were both excellent in the hot and humid conditions. I highly recommend both for hiking / backpacking, if you have the nerve.

Copyright © 2017 Ginger Allman, all rights reserved.

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