It’s widely known that day hikers have the best sex lives in the hiking community, followed by section hikers, and lastly thru-hikers who smell so bad and are so exhausted after hiking 20-25 miles per day, week in and week out, that their idea of foreplay is an unlimited salad bar.
For the rest of us with un-suppressed libidos, I thought I share a little sex advice with you, especially for those of you with a partner who still wants to get “dirty” but doesn’t like to go tromping through the woods, wading through peat bogs and mud holes, and being bitten to death by black flies or midges.
Yes, it’s a Tick Check, especially important this year because of the prevalence of potentially Lyme-disease carrying ticks this year. The lack of snow this past winter didn’t kill off the tick population as in previous years, resulting in a much higher chance that you can contract Lyme if you don’t cover up and take appropriate precautions, such as those recommended for hikers by the Centers for Disease Control:
- Use insect repellent that contains 20 – 30% DEET.
- Wear clothing that has been treated with permethrin.
- Take a shower as soon as you can after coming indoors.
- Look for ticks on your body. Ticks can hide under the armpits, behind the knees, in the hair, and in the groin.
- Put your clothes in the dryer on high heat for 60 minutes to kill any remaining ticks.
If you’ve flown on an airplane in the USA recently, you’re probably already familiar with the initial Tick Check position, brought to us by our friends at the TSA, with your hands crossed over your head and your legs spread apart. The only differences is that you do this naked with your partner, who doesn’t need to use an expensive X-Ray machine to see past your clothing.
Next, have him or her, check your skin carefully for ticks, paying particular attention to the hairy patches, tattoos, and your head where they like to latch on. Giggles enhance the mood as does proximity to the shower!!