iOverlander – How to find a place to stay on the fly

iOverlander - on the South Fork Eel River

This post is about the iOverlander App. It is the best tool I know of that finds you free or very cheap places to stay when traveling and exploring the outdoors. It’s geared toward RV travel, but it can be very useful for finding places when traveling by car, van, bike, or even walking. Many of these places come with incredible scenery too.

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Why go outside in the cold?

Recently I started working a job where I get to be outside most of the day. One thing I noticed is that working outside makes me much happier. Perhaps the high amount of sunlight is preventing seasonal affective disorder (SAD), which I believe impacted me in my last office job. I have heard that SAD can be treated with “light therapy”, where you sit near a special light that simulates sunlight.

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Ticks, and why to check for them

A day after my previous exploration, I discovered what most outdoorsmen/women fear discovering a day after a hike: ticks.

I found not one but two ticks near my, how do you say it, nether regions. The second of which I actually found two days later, which goes to show: even after a thorough search, these little arachnids can be difficult to detect.

I bring up this topic because even if you are already aware of the danger that ticks present, I’m willing to bet that a large portion of the population does not know what can happen after just one tick bite.

With that being said, here are a few basics about ticks and why they are a concern:

  • Ticks are very small arachnids (related to spiders) that bite and attach themselves to the surface of your skin.
  • Ticks feed predominantly on the blood of warm-blooded animals (birds and mammals). This includes humans.
  • Ticks are vectors for several diseases, including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme Disease
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