Summertime in Northern Michigan means spending time on some of the clearest, most beautiful waters in the world. (No… I’m not exaggerating… it’s so blue, it’s almost like you are in the Caribbean!)
A lot of my weekend time is spent out on my pontoon on my favorite sand bar on Torch Lake, which borders both Antrim County, and Kalkaska County. When you look in the water, it’s so clear you cannot imagine anything lurking in the waters. But as the warmth of the summer months draw in the ducks and geese… it brings this nasty parasite (carried by the birds). It’s the dreaded SWIMMER’S ITCH! It might not hit for a day; it might hit right away… It might even bypass the occasional person who is completely immune to it!
Its itchy, nasty, and can ruin a good time for a few days. But somehow it never seems to slow us down from enjoying the summer. We cope… We slather down with hydrocortisone cream, and we move up the lake to deeper, cooler waters where the parasite doesn’t seem to thrive.
The skin condition doesn’t last long… but it’s still an inconvenience. So, don’t let it kill your good time! Lotion up your skin before you get into the water (with SPF 15 at least, of course). Dry off as soon as you get out of the water. Keep a bar of Lava Soap on hand too, because it seems to scrub those little buggers away very well once you hit land.
In the meantime… I’m spending today itching just a bit… Next weekend I think I’ll park North of the Sand Bar in the deeper water so this doesn’t happen for awhile again!
Until next time… Float on!