Thread Rating:
  • 0 Vote(s) - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
Don't know what I don't know about the desert
#1
Two northerners headed south in January. Quite frankly, as a child of the North, just the notion of the desert makes me a bit nervous. Things that run through my mind in the night ... are there fleas, ticks, fire ants, scorpions? Cholla nd all things prickly? Snakes? What should be in my emergency vet bag besides tweezers? The 12 pound dog and I live in the country in Wisconsin so are tuned in to coyotes, hawks and owls. He's is leashed.

Any insight much appreciated. Thanks and happy trails.
Add Thank You Reply
#2
Drink more water than you usually do. Moisturize. Wear hiking boots which cover your ankle. Don't kick the cacti. Bring baking soda for bites. Don't know about current bug situation . Listen for rattlers. Watch for coyotes and your dog.
Add Thank You Reply
The following 1 user says Thank You to Cancan for this post:
Woost2 (11-14-2017)
#3
I forgot a hat of some kind and a long sleeve shirt
For we walk by Faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7

1991 Ford Econoline Cargo V8 5.0
Add Thank You Reply
#4
It will be winter in the desert, you just won't see many critters. Your dog is leashed so you can avoid the cacti but if I remember right there are not a lot of low to the ground variety there.
Sparky created, (Sparkles on some Saturday nights)  Max the Wonder puppy approved

2011 Ameri-lite 25 ft bunkhouse with 750w of solar and a 675 Ah bank
2003 Ford Expedition with 435w of tilting solar.
Add Thank You Reply
#5
Ooooh, Cancan... you just reminded me of a fellow I knew at a Mountain Man rendezvous back in NM. He was kinda young and dumb (so was I... but I didn't do this) and kicking stuff in his new moccasins.
The thought of that long cactus needle embedded lengthwise in his big toe... not a happy camper.
Add Thank You Reply
The following 1 user says Thank You to velojym for this post:
Cancan (11-14-2017)
#6
What about the baking soda? How is that used for bite, and for which kind?

Thx

Sent from my SM-G930F using Tapatalk
Add Thank You Reply
#7
Drink more water than you think you need it's not the heat but the lack of moisture sounds like you got coyotes covered only seen a few scorpions they were under my tent. All in all
not so buggy out there. Welcome by the way
2015 RTR  adrian.schafgans@gmail.com
Add Thank You Reply
#8
Mountain men sounds like my type of party! saw a lady just the other day kick a cacti ...any goatheads back there? 
The baking soda trick I found becAuse was looking at ingredients on expensive bug bite stick and it was 100% baking soda. any one that itches or stings. mix with water to paste, apply. I just got a fire ant bite on the inside of wrist, delicate thin skin ...hurt like the dickens for over two hours but I know b.s. helped, applied it right away. used it for biting no see ums, mosquito , etc
For we walk by Faith, not by sight.
2 Corinthians 5:7

1991 Ford Econoline Cargo V8 5.0
Add Thank You Reply
#9
no fleas, ticks, or fire ants, there are however scorpions. scorpions are treated like snakes, don't put your hands and feet where you can't see. don't leave your shoes outside and if you do check them before putting them on. but it is winter and everything moves slow. the area around RTR is pretty benign. there are Saguaros but you can't miss those. to the east a short distance there are jumping Cholla, carry needle nose pliers. I seen some Goat heads around Kofa but that is many miles to the south east. highdesertranger
Add Thank You Reply
The following 2 users say Thank You to highdesertranger for this post:
Cancan (11-14-2017), SondraRose (11-14-2017)
#10
Securely close up anything you put under your rig. Nothing like unzipping a bag in the van and having critters crawl out of it.
..................................................
1997 Class B Dodge van 3500.
Add Thank You Reply
The following 2 users say Thank You to bigsallysmom for this post:
GypsyDogs (12-06-2017), Cancan (11-14-2017)


Forum Jump:


Users browsing this thread: 1 Guest(s)

Powered By MyBB, © 2002-2018 MyBB Group.