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Hiking in the heat doesn't spoil the views

Original post made by dolores ciardelli, editor of Danville Express, on Sep 28, 2010

I'd been meaning to go hiking in the hills around here so of course I chose this weekend, hoping it would reach 100 degrees.

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Posted by Citizen Paine
a resident of Danville
on Sep 28, 2010 at 3:26 pm

Not, at all, to discourage hiking, but just a cautionary word about ticks: they do carry Lyme and various nasty co-infections hereabouts, and prevention beats the very hell out of cure. Here's a link to the article you-all ran about it last year: Web Link

So, dress accordingly, inspect yourself thoroughly afterward, and hie thee to your doc if you have ANY inkling that you've hosted one of those tee-nine-cie deer ticks (save it in a plastic bag). Nipped in the bud, a 30-day course of common antibiotics may suffice, but let those little buggers get a foothold and you're in for the fight of your life!

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Posted by dolores ciardelli
editor of Danville Express
on Sep 28, 2010 at 4:11 pm

dolores ciardelli is a registered user.

Thanks for adding that. It did cross my mind that ticks might be about. That story we ran really raised my consciousness about ticks and Lyme disease.


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Posted by Hal
a resident of another community
on Sep 28, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Dear Dolores,

It is joyful to read your art in words. Thank you.

I just looked at my repellent can of DEET Spray and it defends against ticks. A trick I learned too long ago in US Army Viet Nam was to mix the DEET Spray with creamy sunscreen to make more comfortable on the neck and other tender areas. DEET sprays tend to dry the skin.

Just FYI, with my applause for a wordsmith!!

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Posted by Tena
a resident of Danville
on Sep 29, 2010 at 7:52 am

My husband John and I have hiked that area about 4 times this summer with various organizations.
The Contra Costa Times editorial on Sept 24 headed "Contain Development. No on Measure W." They even went so far as to state: "We know that city officials in San Ramon operate without the transparency of most other cities. And we know that, if Measure W passes, there will be no additional voter review required before development of the Tassajara Valley could move forward.San Ramon has enough undeveloped land within the city limits to meet housing demand for decades to come." The link is Web Link
I can't believe that SR says that Measure W will "protect ridgelines, creeks and open space while preserving our quality of life."
I hope that the residents of San Ramon vote no on Measure W. It will affect all of us in the Tri-Valley area even though we don't get to vote on it.

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Posted by Steve Mick
a resident of Alamo
on Sep 29, 2010 at 10:08 am

Sounds like a great hike, Dolores. If you want to hike another area with a lot more shade and stunning views (of course you have to work for them), try the Las Trampas Regional Wilderness. The trailhead at the end of Hemme Ave is especially appealing. I describe other trailheads to this park on my website