Hill Country Hazards

Rarely has the Texas Hill Country been referred to as hazardous. It is. In addition to all the varmints that might hurt you or cause inconvenience, there are the small tiny creatures. If you have ever been infested with chiggers/mites/red bugs you will experience a personality change. They will drive you crazy, especially if they inhabit sensitive areas. The scorpions, millipedes, centipedes, hornets, wasps and a vast array of spiders will not drive you crazy, they will hurt you severely. And if you are allergic to any of the above, they can kill you. The bite of a brown recluse spider can cause the loss of a finger or toe and leave a hole in your flesh. Flies, gnats and mosquitoes are annoying but there are a lot more critters that can do much more than annoy and while the country may be inhospitable, the beauty, solitude, clean air and isolation are well worth the risk. I’ll take it every day.