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.)
...to help unlock the treasures of the wild.
Namaste! Wear long pants when you hike!