I am a city girl. I live by high-rise apartments, bustling streets, and honking horns. No camper am I. Once I was persuaded to go camping. When you decide to do something you have not done before, someone should give you a survivor guide. When going camping, that guide should include pictures of Poison Ivy.
We stayed in one of those permanent cabin structures that are at campsites. I set up my borrowed sleeping bag, and then moved on over to the fire pit. The S’mores were to die for, this camping stuff was easy and fun.
Let’s Go On a Hike
This was in Northern Florida, so I was more worried about the alligators than green leafy monsters. No one showed me what Poison Ivy looked like, so on our trek to the cold-water spring I touched all the pretty flowers and plants. I was taking pictures and wanted them situated just so. Then I went swimming, keeping an eye out for the alligators. I did not want to become anyone’s lunch.
After the swim we trekked back to our pre-made rustic, but oh so cute, cabin. The weather was just perfect, mid 70s and a slight breeze. But I began to feel prickly, and wondered how the heat could be affecting me so much. I applied some aloe lotion and went about my business of snapping pictures of my adventures.
The next morning, the sun came up in bright reds and pinks, and so was my body. It was covered in red and pink oozing patches and itchy. So I scratched myself and proceeded to spread it all over my body. And I do mean all over my body.
I called my mother. She is from the NC Mountains and knows every cure in existence. She insisted I buy Calamine lotion to solve my problem. It looks like Pepto Bismol for the skin. I felt soothed immediately, but frequent reapplications were needed often. For about three days, I was a pink dotted mess. I highly recommend Calamine lotion.
Give Me the City
Much like the wife on the television show Green Acres, Lisa, I want the city. I need the city. I shall never venture on another camping trip as long as I live. The streets of Fort Lauderdale and Miami are tame compared to that leafy green monster I encountered in the woods.