Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Fleeing the Heat

August is here and I'm fleeing to Washington to escape the heat.  My family is heading to Olympic National Park, one of the most spectacular parks in the country, for some day-hiking, camping, and maybe backpacking.

I have a policy against hiking in Arkansas (or doing anything outdoors that doesn't involve swimming) in August due to the extreme heat and presence of numerous seed ticks, chiggers, and mosquitoes.  If you are looking for ideas for non-miserable outdoor activities this August, you might want to check out these blog entries:

Articles on Swimming Holes
Blanchard Springs Caverns
Floating Articles

Remember, if you do anything outdoors in August, take plenty of water, bug spray, and sunscreen!


  1. So the 18 mile August 2011 hike was an anomaly? I think it was too hot for ticks.

  2. It was an anomaly, though I guess we had a much nicer August (end of August) this year, with some days where hiking wouldn't have been a life threatening activity. I'm pretty sure I got some ticks on that hike btw.