How to do it: Gently roll a liquid or solid antiperspirant over the swollen, irritated welts. Wait five minutes, then reapply if the bites are still itchy.
Why it works: "The aluminum salts in the antiperspirant cause fluid in the bites to be reabsorbed into the body," explains Kenneth Haller, M.D., an assistant professor of pediatrics at Saint Louis University School of Medicine. "When the swelling subsides, the itching goes away.
When to call the doctor: If the bite shows signs of infection, such as red streaks or increased tenderness, or if your child develops flulike symptoms -- such as fever, headache, muscle pain, or swollen glands -- that could signal West Nile virus.
Excerpt courtesy of 10 Health Tricks Every Parent Must Know at http://www.parents.com/.
Guest Trail Review: Snow Lake, Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest
Roundtrip: 8 miles. Elevation gail: 1300 feet.
"This is a beautiful hike!!!!! I highly recommend it! It's not very hard....we did it in four hours round trip at a moderate pace with a lunch/ohhhh ahhhh break." - Sent in by guest blogger Christy.
Trail Review: Cooper River Trail, Wenatchee National Forest
Roundtrip: 6 miles. Elevation gain: 400 feet.
|Famous Cooper River swimming hole.|
The trail begins at a large parking area and leads you to an immediate fork of three trails - the Waptus River trail to the right, the Pollalie Ridge trail in the middle and Cooper River on the left. You'll quickly pass the swimming hole, which during the summer nearly always has groups of people playing in and above it. If you want to escape the crowds at the swimming hole, the river runs a bit faster at the beginning than at the end, so stay on the trail for awhile before you go swimming if that's your intention.
You ascend into the forest leaving the river down below for a couple of miles. Play attention to your surroundings and you'll probably see deer and maybe even elk. We saw a doe and her fawn thanks to Sydney's big, fluffly ears.
|Autumn berries coming into season.|
Eventually, around mile three or so, you head back down to the river. With large granite boulders that slide into the river, there are plenty of spots to dunk your feet or to stop for lunch.
The trail ends at the road to Cooper Lake. If you cross the road, you can find spur trails down to the lake. We ate our lunch there and the dogs went for a swim. There are cabins up there, which I hadn't seen before. Rentable? Hmmm...would be fun.
|Cereal bar anyone?|
Trail Review: Skookum Flats
Roundtrip 16 miles - Elevation Gain 549 ft - Highest Point 2640 ft
Well, this was a nice little surprise. I’ve been hiking in the Hwy 410/Crystal Mountain area for 16 years and this was my first time up the Flats.
|Sydney leads the pack.|
The trail is very easy to find. Just off the highway half a mile to the trailhead and the parking in plentiful. Bring your NW Forest Pass and display it in your window. The only driving hiccup is that you pass FS roads 74 and 72 before you hit 73. Sounds like how I count.
The trail starts and says incredibly flat. You hike alongside the river for the majority of the hike. For early August the river was still flowing fast and was full of glacial till. Keep out of the water. It’s too strong and there are a ton of downed trees and snags.
Our group of four kids, two moms and two dogs only went up to the waterfall spur trail (2.1 miles). The spur is a steep scramble to the base of Skookum Falls, a 200-foot two tier cascade. We took the whole group halfway up, and then I took the bigger kids to the top while my friend stayed with the two little ones. I wouldn’t recommend taking small children to the top. Our seven year old got a bit scared but toughed it out. Anyone younger than that would definitely have a hard time getting up and back. That said, the view of the valley from the base of the waterfall was worth the push.
|Murray's loving it!|
We passed a few nice campsites. If you want to go for a quick pack or are taking kids, this would be a great place to go. You don’t have to hike far to find tent pads and fire rings. I’m sure there are more sites further down the trail, which eventually ends at the Mount Rainier National park boundary.
BUGS! They were out with vengeance. Make sure you bring bug spray. The skeeters were in it to win it. A few times I tried to blow them off my arm only to find that they were stuck to me. Yuck! [shivers].
Kudos to the crews who have rebuilt the trail over the past couple of years. You can still see evidence of storm damage and where the river had flooded. Aside from some board rot, most of the bridges are in good shape. There were no blow downs.
Directions: Drive east on State Highway 410 from Enumclaw 24.8 miles to Huckleberry Creek Road #73. Turn right (south) onto Road #73 and follow 0.4 mile to trailhead just past bridge. Trailhead is on left (east) side of road. The trailhead has 10 parking spaces on road shoulder. Another access point is 5.1 miles south on Road #73 to Buck Creek Road #7160.
Trail Review: Annette Lake, Alpine Lakes Region
Roundtrip 7.5 miles - Elevation Gain 1400 ft - Highest Point 3600 ft
Annette Lake is in perfect hiking condition right now. There are plenty of toe tickling streams, if water is needed, and the waterfalls still have allot to say.