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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

A Traveler's Parable - A Hike In San Clemente Canyon, San Diego

While walking through the wilderness, the smart traveler does well to stick to the center of the path, avoiding plants that encroach upon it.  Like this poison oak:
The wary traveler also does her best to stay out of small but attractive patches of grass, where ticks may lie in wait for the chance to crawl up a pant leg and attach themselves to skin.
(No picture to show, but it did happen.)

Sometimes a traveler may get weary.  A shady glen offers a well-built seat, but sit in it at your own risk, for it is surrounded by poison oak!
Finally, it helps to have a wise and knowledgeable guide...
(Paul from the San Diego Native Plants Society.)
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...to help unlock the treasures of the wild.
(A thistle.)
Namaste! Wear long pants when you hike!