Over the last few weeks there has been a new hazard - poodle dog bush. This bush springs up after fire and we have been passing through the area devastated by the Station Fire in 2009. It has purple flowers and a strong sweet smell.
If you make contact with the bush it can cause skin irritation that hospitalised a couple of hikers last year. It is certainly worth avoiding and we have been taking detours to get around the worst patches. This has meant a few extra miles and some road walking. One of the detours had views of Los Angeles in the distance which was some consolation.
We had managed to avoid contact until a few days ago. I took a short detour around a bush and on my way back onto the trail I collided head on with it. The brim of my hat had blocked a branch from my view and it hit my hat, went down my face and along my arm. I used some of my precious water to wash off and then had a good scrub when we came to a small stream. The irritation takes awhile to arrive so it is a waiting game but I am fine so far. Fingers crossed.
Poodle dog bush is yet another thing to add to the long list of hazards. We are already looking out for poison oak, snakes, ticks, bears, bob cats and mountain lions. This is quite an adjustment coming from safe New Zealand but I am surviving.
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13 Resupply for Washington all sorted with some help from Mum, who is visiting on her way home from Europe. Now it is time to escape Bend and resume the race to Canada.
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30 True to the thru (Part 4 of 4)
30 The waiting game (Part 3 of 4)
30 Something was wrong (Part 2 of 4)
30 A story that needs to be told (Part 1 of 4)
21 "I knew Typo would make it" (Part 6 of 6)
19 Throwing the Hail Mary (Part 5 of 6)
10 Up and down, but not out (Part 4 of 6)
06 Crossing Cutthroat Pass (Part 3 of 6)
03 Warming up in Winthrop (Part 2 of 6)
30 We're sleeping in a toilet (Part 1 of 6)
25 Another radio interview (Audio)
21 I made it
04 Nearly there
29 Trail Magic
19 Walking with Mum
28 Cold food
28 Hello Oregon!
20 40 miles in one day
08 Official trail name: Typo
06 (Humbolt) Summit Fever
06 Road walking around a wildfire
30 Two trail birthdays
18 A picture is worth...
10 Pain and gain in the Sierra
28 Hiker hunger
27 The inquisitive marmot
19 Stage one survived
05 Live from the Mojave (Updated)
04 I just walked 500 miles...
31 Current nemesis: Poodle dog bush
23 Mexico to McDonald's
23 Gear review: Sleeping pad
18 Hot and getting even hotter
10 People on the trail: Sunset
05 Eagle Rock
03 Hiker discount: 100%
30 The beginning
25 Final preparation
17 Blogging along the way
16 No publicity is bad publicity
08 Walking before the walk
08 Maps for the trail