Hikers and Outdoor Lovers: Important Info About Ticks

Recently we've been hearing a lot about ticks and Lyme Disease and an increase of sightings in many parts of the country.  So we've updated some information from a past article on the topic.

Bad year for ticks? What you need to know

As kids we all knew about dog ticks and there were several tricks we used to rid our pets of them and keep them off but now there are several other varieties and they can be much more dangerous.  How can you avoid them and what should you do if bitten?

Here are ten facts about ticks you may not know.

10. Ticks crawl up. They don't jump, fly or drop from trees onto your head and back. If you find one attached there, it most likely latched onto your foot or leg and crawled up over your entire body.

9. All ticks (including deer ticks) come in small, medium and large sizes.

8. Deer Ticks in particular are not killed by freezing temperatures and will be active any winter day that the ground is not snow-covered or frozen.

7. Ticks carry disease-causing microbes. Tick-transmitted infections are more common these days than in past decades. With explosive increases in deer populations, extending even into semi-urban areas in the eastern and western U.S., the trend is for increasing abundance and geographic spread of deer ticks and Lone Star ticks. Scientists are finding an ever-increasing list of disease-causing microbes transmitted by these ticks including Lyme disease bacteria, Babesia protozoa, Anaplasma, Ehrlichia, and other rickettsia, even encephalitis-causing viruses and possibly Bartonella bacteria. Back in the day, tick bites were more of an annoyance but now a bite is much more likely to make you sick.

6. Only deer ticks transmit Lyme disease bacteria. The only way to get Lyme disease is by being bitten by a deer tick or one of its "cousins" found around the world.

5. For most tick-borne diseases, you have at least 24 hours to find and remove a feeding tick before it transmits an infection. Even a quick daily tick check at bath or shower time can be helpful in finding and removing attached ticks before they can transmit an infection. Lyme disease bacteria take at least 24 hours to invade the tick's saliva.
Enlarged and actual size ticks
courtesy of Global Lyme Alliance

4. Deer tick nymphs look like a poppy seed on your skin. And with about one out of four nymphal deer ticks carrying the Lyme disease spirochete and other nasty germs in the northeastern, mid-Atlantic, and upper mid-western U.S., it's important to know what you're really looking for. They're easy to miss, their bites are generally painless, and they have a habit of climbing up (under clothing) and biting in hard-to-see places.

3. The easiest and safest way to remove a tick is with a pointy tweezer. Using really pointy tweezers, it's possible to grab even the poppy-seed sized nymphs right down next to the skin. The next step is to simply pull the tick out like a splinter.

2. Clothing with built-in tick repellent is best for preventing tick bites. An easy way to avoid tick bites and disease is to wear clothing (shoes, socks, shorts or pants, and shirt) with a tick repellent built-in. 

1. Tick bites and tick-borne diseases are completely preventable. There's really only one way you get a tick-transmitted disease and that's from a tick bite. Reducing tick abundance in your yard, wearing tick repellent clothing every day, treating pets every month and getting into a habit of doing a quick body scan are all great actions for preventing tick bites.  Some have suggested that bounce dryer sheets, especially in a pant cuff or hanging out of a sock will waylay the little buggers.  I've seen it work with mosquitoes and ants: it's worth a try. 

If you've been bitten:  Time for Lyme, Inc. has compiled an interesting list of things to consider if you've been bitten by a tick.  The list promotes caution but not fear.  You can find it on the Global Lyme Alliance website.

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Teri Blaschke is the RV Park operator of family owned HiddenValley RV Park in San Antonio, TX and writer of the park blog “A Little Piece of Country in San Antonio.” Teri contributes to various other blogs with a focus on either travel or social media and how it relates to the outdoor hospitality industry but her passion is serving the RV travel community by providing a memorable RV camping experience and growing the Hidden Valley RV family.  Connect with , Facebook and Twitter@HiddenValleyRV


Hidden Valley RV Park Remains Open During COVID-19

Just a note about corona virus concerns:  We take very seriously the health and safety of our guests, extended stay guests and team members.  We are monitoring the COVID-19 outbreak and the impact it has on all of us.  We are following all the guidelines set out by the local and state health officials for prevention of spreading the virus as well as taking all necessary precautions in accordance with the CDC in regards to keeping our premises clean.

Even though some of our facilities (bath houses, clubhouse, pavilion) are closed till further notice and our group activities are suspended, we intend to remain open as an RV Park to serve our guests.  Our office hours are also reduced for the protection of both team members and guests but we are working remotely to be available to serve our guests and answer all concerns.  If at all possible please make reservations and payment online for protection of both guests and team members.If you would prefer to make a reservation over the phone you may do so by making the payment in full with a credit card. 

We wish you and your loved ones good health in the weeks to come. Please reach out to us with any questions or needs.


Right Up There With The Alamo

Remember the ALAMO SAGA

That's right, 'gotta love the Alamo, but there's a new favorite stop on our tourist to-dos—actually, for everyone’s to-dos. See the San Fernando Cathedral like never before during this 24-minute show by French artist Xavier De Richemont, in which lights projected onto the cathedral and period related music tell the story of San Antonio from its beginning to today.'
San Fernando Cathedral Saga Art

A Little History and Interesting Facts

On June 13, 2014, San Antonio debuted "San Antonio| The Saga" a captivating video art music


Go Bat Loco in Texas

The world’s largest bat colony is right here in Texas! 

Bracken Cave is the summer home of over 15 million Mexican free-tailed bats making it the largest bat colony in the world as well as one of the highest concentrations on earth of mammals in general.  It is a key maternity site for this species, and females congregate there each year to give birth and rear their young.  Most males roost elsewhere in smaller groups.


Some Cool Tips for RVing from The Experts

Whether you’re a first-time RVer or someone who's been on the road for years, taking a few pieces of advice from Full Time RVers wherever you go is never a bad idea. A digital RV magazine, "Mobile RVing" sat down with a few full-time travelers to ask them about their best pieces of advice for anyone who enjoys a good trip on the road or wants to see the world behind the steering wheel.  Thought I'd share them. 

Here are some of the best tips they revealed to make your traveling safer, more fun, and enjoyable!

“Make sure your sewer pipe is properly secured into the dump pipe before opening your black tank. Don’t ask how I know.” -- Jimmy Le, Airstream Owner

RV sewer, man covered with black water, comical

Easy Healthcare on the Road

Mobile Healthcare

There are many things to think about that could scare you out of the full time RV life, especially when wondering about healthcare and the well-being of yourself and family.  While you can always take advantage of the Affordable Care Act, insurance from a remote job or a private provider, another option available is  
This service has a monthly fee of


How to Prevent or Stop a Dog Fight

How to Prevent a Dog Fight

We all love traveling with our loyal fur companions but with other people doing the same, there is the chance of them not getting along.  While many people think their dogs are "not the type" to show aggression towards others dogs, many ARE the type, especially younger dogs that have not yet developed good behavior around unknown people and animals.

When walking your dog or bringing them to a park with others you usually can tell when a dog is not

The Texas Taco, Tequila and Music Festival 2019

Taco and Tequila Festival 2019

What is life without tacos, tequila and music?!  

Come join our beautiful city in kicking off the festival to cure your cravings!

The event is taking place Noon to Midnight on May 25th at the Nelson Wolff Stadium off of Highway 90, only a 15 minute drive from Hidden Valley.  Tickets are $20 with kids 12 and under for free. 

•Two stages of non-stop jams
•30 of the best taco vendors in Texas
•Frozen, rocks, and hand crafted margaritas
•Tequila shots and tastings
•Boutique and artisan vendors
•Lucha Libre live wrestling

If you need any accommodations to attend this festival give us a call at (210) 623-6737 or request an RV site on the web at the Hidden Valley RV Park!


Annual Share the Harvest Potluck

Fall Harvest fruits and vegies

Join us for our annual Share the Harvest Potluck 

  • All RVers are welcome to register to attend.  There's a sign up list at the Trading Post or you may call the office. 
  •  If possible please let us know what you plan to bring so we don't duplicate too much.  Any side dish or dessert is fine. 
  • Location will be given when you register.  You may register at the Trading Post or you may register here on this post.  Comment below with what you'll be bringing and we'll call you with the location. Your signing up will help us know how many to plan and cook for.   Thank you.
  • You are welcome to bring adult beverages if you desire.  We'll provide sweet iced tea and coffee.
  • Look forward to sharing with y'all!



Tips for Safe RVing

thief stealing computer
While RVing we don’t think that someone will try to steal from us.   Why would they when we would happily give them anything they need from a cup of coffee, tools to repair the rig, or even cash if they needed it and were in a bind at the moment.   Although RVing engenders a healthy and welcomed attitude of trust among fellow RVers, there is always a possibility
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