The Great Tick Migration – Occupy Texas

Old Jules:

Hi readers. I’m reblogging this because the original writing of it was a direct consequence of the events described in the previous post. J

Originally posted on So Far From Heaven:

I wrote this when I lived in Socorro, New Mexico, but I’d guess it’s as timely and germane today as it was then.

It’s sad, but they have to migrate: there’s no good water in the Rio Grande anymore.  It’s all sewage passed downstream from Albuquerque and other towns. 
 
This was almost home to them. Their ancestors arrived with the first cattle drives from Texas in the 1880s. But finally they’ve had enough. Lemming-like they’ve decided as one to return home, Lone Star Ticks to the Lone Star State, same as those invading Confederate Texas humans had to finally stagger and stumble home when things took a turn for the worst..
 
This far south they’ve just begun to gather; just started to come out from under the grassleaves, the treebark, stragglers still coming out of the brush. The main migration gathering is further north in the Isleta lands…

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4 responses to “The Great Tick Migration – Occupy Texas

  1. Morning Jules – another great day in southern Colorado.

    I am happy to have missed out in my lifetime by not having massive amounts of ticks close by or on me. These things bother me a bunch. They’re around but I don’t see them. That’s real good. Great stories even with the ticks.

  2. I have a swollen toe from a tick bite! I don’t like them AT ALL at the moment.. c

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