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Weather

I think the hardest thing is going to be dealing with the summer heat. Which is making me wonder if going Northbound will actually be better. But the thing is, no matter what, I’ll be hiking in the summer. There’s no way around that part, and it will take all summer no matter what.

So I just have to figure out how to deal. I’m sure better clothing will help, stuff that is designed to help you keep cool on hot days. Wearing shorts might help, but I’m not sure if I can handle doing shorts and being terrified of ticks.

But going out this weekend just to walk the couple hundred feet or so to the Farmer’s Market and back was almost insufferable. The bright light is definitely part of it, and I think that won’t be as big a deal because I’m familiar with the type of woods and it’s as much bright direct sunlight.

It’s possible having a destination will help too, because at the Farmer’s Market it’s a lot of standing around and looking at things, and being crowded by people (which I don’t handle well).

But I’m definitely at a phase of “I don’t know if I can do this.” And I need to figure out a way out of it.

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Unmentionables

I haven’t talked about it on the blog because I’m not the type to really talk about this kind of thing in public, but one thing I’m worried about is *ahem* bathroom breaks. I’ve never really deal with the situation before and I’m not entirely sure I know how.

Jezebel recently had an article about how to go to the bathroom wherever, that includes a section on the outdoors. Might be worth a read for people in a similar conundrum.

Short blog today, got a lot of things on my to-do list.

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Never mind the organic bug spray…

So last weekend I went back out into Prince William Forest Park for a shoot that I was working. Being out in the park was the reason I posted earlier about bug spray and wanting organic options if possible.

Two people on the crew found ticks on them after the first day (and one found more than one) so yeah, my commitment to not using DEET just went out the window. After doing a bit of research on ticks and how to check for them and remove them, the one thing I’m sure of is that I’d rather douse myself in bug spray than deal with Lyme disease.

I’ve been bitten by ticks before when I was a kid. I grew up near the A.T. after all. But when I was young I was also blissfully unaware of what could go wrong if you improperly remove a tick (leaving the head buried in you? UGH) and I was also able to just yell for my mom to take care of it.

Neither of these are options on the trail, and I’m also faced with the fact that if I’m traveling solo and find a tick on my back where I can’t reach (though how I’ll find it I don’t know) then I don’t know what I could do about it.

I guess this is the part where I’ll have to rely on reading accounts from more experienced hikers. But I do know that if Lyme disease stopped me from completing my thru-hike I would be so cranky…

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The sun, it burns. Literally.

You get two posts in one day because I skipped last week on my blogging schedule, so I’m doubling up everything this week to make up for it. Don’t you feel lucky?

Anyway. One thing I keep forgetting about is that I’m going to have to be vigilant about sunscreen when I’m hiking. I forgot all about it yesterday, and I got a very slight burn from being out in just the mile or so we walked to the museum and to the metro.

I burn very easily, and since there’s a history of skin cancer in my family, I’m more worried about it than the average person. UV exposure is just a bad idea in general, so of course this hike might be stupid. But I knew it was stupid for multiple reasons when I had the idea.

The thing that gets me about needing sunscreen is the weight. When I go swimming, I use three different types of sunscreen: a spray for my body, a oil-free lotion for my face, and a stick to get a good thick covering on my scalp.

I’ll probably have a hat for the trail, but I don’t think the spray would work as an all-over for me. For one thing, my face is super sensitive to chemicals too so I need lighter stuff for it on a good day. For another, carrying a spray like that seems stupid.

I guess I’ll just have to carry a bottle of lotion with me, and then mail additional bottles to myself in the mail drops. But does anybody have good suggestions for which sunscreen I should use? It’d be nice to not be coating myself in toxic chemicals while I’m on the trail, I imagine it’d be better for me AND the woods if I avoid that.

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Recycling?

Dear Metro,

The other day in the express you had a letter talking about how much you’re doing for the environment. Kudos, I’m glad most of the buses in the metro fleet are running on alternative fuels. I’m also glad that having viable public transportation gets so many people out of their cars so that the pollution is that much less.

But there was one note that made me raise an eyebrow. You say that Metro has helped recycle so many thousands of newspapers.

Then why, sir, have I seen Metro employees emptying the newspaper recycling bins into the trash cans or into the same bins as they empty the trash? If this had only happened once I would think maybe it was a lazy employee, but this has been a couple times now.

If you don’t want to recycle my newspaper, then fine. I’ll cart it home and put it in the bin there, and hope that my county offices aren’t lying about recycling. But please don’t say you’re doing one thing and do another.

And if it’s a few employees that are doing this when they aren’t supposed to, please ask them to stop. I don’t really like the implications of having a physical paper every day in the first place, so making me feel like I’m not even recycling it is just worse.

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