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deborah
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12/17/2019
deborah
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I went out to Kitchen Creek a few weeks ago on one of our rainy days. It wasn't too cold or windy, so I handled it ok. smile Here are some pictures.
















The camouflage tree. smile








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tommy750
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12/17/2019
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Nice pics Deborah. Lots of pretty fall colors.
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rockhopper
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12/18/2019
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It is nice to see our back county wet! Nice pictures.
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Rocko1
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12/18/2019
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Very nice! Did you see any ticks? I did a day hike in Cuyamaca-similar flora and fauna-and picked 10 ticks off my pants in a 1 mile stretch.
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12/18/2019
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Nice photos. I ran into a couple of researchers collecting ticks along Pine Valley Creek last week. They said that the tick species (Ixodes) responsible for carrying Lyme disease is mostly-absent from extreme southern CA. They also confirmed that in areas where Western Fence lizards occur, that Lyme disease is largely-absent. https://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Lizards-Slow-Lyme-Disease-in-West-Ticks-bite-3009330.php

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12/18/2019
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ziphius wrote:
Nice photos. I ran into a couple of researchers collecting ticks along Pine Valley Creek last week. They said that the tick species (Ixodes) responsible for carrying Lyme disease is mostly-absent from extreme southern CA. They also confirmed that in areas where Western Fence lizards occur, that Lyme disease is largely-absent. https://www.sfgate.com/health/article/Lizards-Slow-Lyme-Disease-in-West-Ticks-bite-3009330.php



Interesting. I have heard the lizards are really helping. Out of the 10 I picked off 2 were for sure deer ticks-red bellies. I have read a few cases of lymes in SD County. I started treating my clothes/boots/pack/etc with permethrin a while back when I started seeing them in Cuyamaca and AB. This year looks to be a bad year for all bugs with the weather we have had. Better safe that sorry.

FWIW-the Harvey Moore trail section that runs along Harper Creek is where I have seen the densest. Multiple years/trips I have checked and had them on my pants.
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12/18/2019
Buford
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Nice report on Kitchen Creek.

I hate ticks. On Palomar near Agua Tibia and Eagle Crag they are everywhere.

I know two people first hand who have been diagnosed with Lyme in San Diego County. They may or may not have picked it up outside the county but were diagnosed here.

I found a deer tick crawling on my hand when I was taking pictures of the sheep off Montezuma a couple weeks ago.
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deborah
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12/18/2019
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Thanks guys! I didn't see any ticks out there, but it was a really mellow trip. I only walked up the paved road past the gate towards Sunrise Highway, and then poked around a little by the bridge on my way out. I wasn't really in any heavy (or even light) vegetation.
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Rocko1
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12/19/2019
Rocko1
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Buford wrote:
Nice report on Kitchen Creek.

I hate ticks. On Palomar near Agua Tibia and Eagle Crag they are everywhere.

I know two people first hand who have been diagnosed with Lyme in San Diego County. They may or may not have picked it up outside the county but were diagnosed here.

I found a deer tick crawling on my hand when I was taking pictures of the sheep off Montezuma a couple weeks ago.



I read a few articles of a homeowner in Ramona getting lyme while clearing brush from his property. Hadn't traveled anywhere, etc. While risk may be lower than east coast I hate when it's thought that you can't get it in SD County. There is even signs posted in Cuyamaca at trailheads talking about lymes.


Last year we had some at Lizard Wash in AB. Just hiking through sparse hills with cactus. That kind of shocked me.
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12/20/2019
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Buford wrote:

I found a deer tick crawling on my hand when I was taking pictures of the sheep off Montezuma a couple weeks ago.
BHS and ticks seem to go hand in hand...had some BP agent tell me he always got ticks out near the island when following sheep trails.

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12/20/2019
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ziphius wrote:
Nice photos. I ran into a couple of researchers collecting ticks along Pine Valley Creek last week.
Same here, only 10 years ago...was heading out to hike the secret cyn trail and some guy was there collecting ticks.

Have had ticks in the last several months hiking Cuyamaca/Laguna with Gary and Tom also....they are out there, you gotta watch for them.

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12/20/2019
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I like the wet sumacs and the lighting thru the bricks...very nice....Thumbs Up

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