No Ticks On Tucker……..

Well at least we hope not. Ken has taken 3 ticks off of Tucker so far, and because Tucker was beginning to avoid Ken, to be fair, I took one out too. Here is a picture of a tick “in vivo” ……. (in TUCKER)

And the tick “in vitro” (on Ken’s finger) ….. soon to be “In TOILET”……. (self explanatory)

We were not aware that they had ticks in the desert and had been blaming all of the ticks on Oregon, but Lo and Behold, there are apparently ticks in the desert, there is one type in the mohave desert, (which we are closest to)….. that lives on the backs of tortoises.🐢🐢 We never actually saw a live tortoise, but Tucker gets into the bushes etc with his sniff sniff sniffing, and so who knows where he got them. The good news is that we “apparently” have not gotten any ticks, not that we haven’t THOUGHT that we had them 🪳. OH and I guess I should explain our technique for getting ticks out. We use a few drops of this very fine EXTRA virgin Olive oil.. (of course likely any olive oil will work, but we only want the very best for our Tucker🐶😀 ). …. cover the tick with the oil and then twirl the tick around …(we found that twirling clockwise works pretty much the same as counter clockwise) and they just fall off.

We have gotten back into rockhounding in the desert like a couple of dirty shirts…. and have found LOTSA rocks. We also have Wiener roasts for lunch(well… wieners cooked in a pot of water over a camp stove)(of course veggie dogs)

Most importantly, we have found the rocks we need to complete the floor in our living room. We just went back to the place we found the ones we already have. THIS is the floor we need to match it up to as there are 2 more openings in the floor along side this one.

This is the most amazing site, ….. every rock here in this picture is Jasper …. rare to have so much in one place. So we just chose the best pieces for the rest of the floor.

These rocks we have found near Ludlow, which also has a large free parking lot for RVs, like us and more significantly, the big trucks. We did have a hunkered down day in Ludlow with a sand storm that eventually because a real live storm with real rain. Unusual. 🤔 Of course as soon as the rain starts, the sand stops flying… It really is hard to show what a sand storm looks like.

This area is truly magnificent, I really wish my pictures did the area justice.

I must say that I never would have seen “the desert” as a vacation destination, despite all of the songs that mention it…. and embellish it. However I totally LOVE the desert. I guess mostly by how far you can see. I love seeing far. I also love that you can see the sunset AND the sunrise from the very same spot. SUNRISE

Sunset

Actually another sunrise and below a sunset….

It is definitely easier to hike long distances in the desert, and in this area… there are no cacti, so we do not have to pull them out of Tuckers feet….(I guess we have replaced cactus barbs for ticks.

I DO follow the news back home and have been quite taken by a news story that occurred right where we live. We live on a 10 acre lot, and there are 3 other acreages around us ….4 in total. There is a trail that basically goes around our grouping of acreages, called Baldie Trail. It is a wonderful hike that started down below our lots. Apparently a dog went missing on the trail and this is a link to the story of the owners efforts to find the dog … over a 2 week period .https://www.100milefreepress.net/news/emaciated-pet-survives-20-c-no-food-in-his-search-for-south-shuswap-home/

Spoiler alert, the story has a happy ending….. But if we had been home, this dog MIGHT have come down to our place, perhaps he even DID. We do have a yummy compost. 💩💩

It is great to have so many Trader Joes down here, but they are VERY hard to get to. We usually have to park the Motorhome a long ways away.

So we have our airport fold up trolley, and our back packs to haul the “heavy stuff”

Ok one more sunset from Fountain of Youth….

bye for now, much love to all (OH and PEACE TOO) from Janet, Ken andTucker the Tickey dog☮️🐶https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34143676/. For more info on the ticks found in Mojave Desert.

3 thoughts on “No Ticks On Tucker……..

  1. Thanks for the insight on the olive oil on ticks! I only ever had one – but it was dramatic… on the back of my head in the hair… and I thought “well, you must have a boil … whatever that is. A few days in I had a high temp and asked my friend to look and she said it was a tick… off to emergency room and they took it out and showed me this moving creature — so I began screeching… and they threw it away. I still kept getting symptoms of high fever and numbness travelling from my head downward… lol. oh gosh… no way to check for winning the lottery of Rocky mt. fever as it had gone down the toilet. A few months of weirdness… and strange symptoms… and ultimately an insight into how easily the mighty can fall… (I was in a super healthy super strong period of my life at that point). Hope you all stay safe and keep your tick checking box ticked. The story of Bruce Almighty was a tremendous tearful one to read…. and hopeful too…. a true gift of Christmas…. thank you for the link to it. Also, I am happy to hear that you are “rocking” around the Christmas tree and picking up gifts to bring back to your wonderfully unique and memory filled home. Alls well as far as I can tell here in the Shuswap…. except for the very first time in my 50 years here… I have caught a rat… and then another….. not a pack rat…. a regular rat! Very healthy, very freaky… I have a live trap…. so out to the deep bush with these things. Criminey! Not the kind of Christmas Presence one would wish for. They have definitely made it onto the “Hill”…. some neighbours have caught quite a few. My 16 year old cat seems completely uninterested… her work here is done . I figure. Anyhow, nice to hear how you’re all doing! Have fun! Luv Nanz

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    1. HEY Nancy…… OMG you actually had an infection from the tick, how scary…We have had lots of them in the past, but I guess we discovered them before they caused infection. WE HAVE caught rats….. regular rats… at our place while we were building. I believe it is a sign of climate change, they are moving north. I had never seen a real rat until I was in my late 20s and we were in Germany. We were catching pack rats at Adams Lake and took them in the boat and introduced them to the other Side of the lake.I once had a patient who came to me with a “rash” and I got out my magnifying glasses and when I looked closely they started moving EEEEKKK.

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