Flander's Lane, Washington Maine

Flander's Lane is named after my grandfather, Roland Flanders. It is a short dirt road with a few camps set on Washington Pond. There are tales that Flander's Lane is haunted. At least that's what my grandfather says.

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Identifying Poison Ivy

Poison IvyDown by the lake, along the shore one will find a little green plant with three leaves known as Poison Ivy. Being the great outdoors man that I am (I give pause for those of you that know me to stop laughing), I took my family down to the lake and showed them what to avoid this summer. Luckily all the poison ivy is off to the side, near the rocky edge where we never go.

For those of you that enjoy a good swim or hike, look out for little three leave green plants that have smooth edges. Don't be fooled by look alikes that have rough saw tooth edges, they are not poison ivy. One would end up avoiding the entire great out doors once you are unlucky enough to get poison ivy. Suddenly everything becomes poison ivy to the victim. Learn what it looks like, and step with caution.

The evil little plant grows here along with the beautiful purple iris inviting you to come in closer, but look around you. Once you get poison ivy, washing, showering, and bathing can spread the oil. Hot summer heat and an itchy rash make for a miserable vacation. Many try to put Bandaids over the location in order to keep it dry and from spreading. I hope this entry keeps a few of you enjoying your summer a little more. Now just avoid the mosquitoes and have fun.

Can you find the Poison Ivy?


At June 27, 2007 7:20 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Makes me itchy just looking at it!



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