by Ruth Ann Grissom
December 13, 2017
The dry weather this fall hasn’t been kind to anyone wanting to paddle the Uwharrie River, but the crisp, sunny days have been ideal for hunting and hiking. Our favorite route takes us through native grasslands, a stand of shortleaf pines and a mature hardwood forest. At every transition, there are scruffy margins teeming with beggar’s lice (Desmodium sp.) and cockleburs (Xanthium sp.).
Both can be a chore to remove from clothing, especially loose knits like thick wool socks. Laundering can make matters worse – a few inevitably migrate to places you’d rather they didn’t. Instead of picking them one by one, try pulling out a pocket knife. While wearing the garment, hold the blade almost parallel to the fabric and swipe. This technique is most effective on a tight weave like denim or a slick nylon blend. [Read more…]