So yesterday I went to the nature preserve with my dogs for a hike. It was nice and cool and the humidity was low, so after we finished the two mile loop, we were all up for a bit more. Other times that I have felt like doing more than a single loop, we have continued on around and done another partial loop, and a couple of times I've investigated some of the side trails - mostly moutain bike trails. Yesterday, I decided to investigate some mountain bike trails that we hadn't tried before.
D'oh! The trail we took was on the interior of the two mile loop, so you would think there was a limit to the amount of ground that could be covered. . . and you would be wrong! I have no idea how far we ended up walking before we finally popped out of the woods onto a trail I recognized, but I know that it takes us about 45 minutes, give or take, to walk the two mile loop, and our little side trip took about an hour and 15 minutes.
The whole time, I knew I wasn't lost per se, since I knew I was on the interior of the two mile loop, but after a while, I wondered how far we had to go before we got 'out'. And I felt pretty stupid. I kept thinking, 'What have I gotten us into!?!' Needless to say, after a while, it was NOT a pleasant hike anymore! Besides knees and hips that started telling me I was overdoing it, both the ball and heel of one foot really started hurting. BAD! And my dogs were visibly CRAWLING with TICKS!!! Gross!
So, our two mile walk, plus just a 'little' bit more, became a 2 1/2 hour 'adventure'. This moring, my foot is still sore and swollen, although much, much better than it was yesterday (it really stiffened up on the drive home, and I couldn't put any weight on it for most of the rest of the day. I hope I haven't triggered and already RA affected joint into a new phase!) And I pulled litterally more than two dozen ticks off my dogs (and three from myself). None of them, thank goodness, attached. And then I doused them with both a homemade herbal flea/tick repellent and Adams flea and tick spray (I was desperate; I hate to use chemicals like that on my dogs!).
Talk about biting off more than you can chew!