I’m sure you can probably think of a few really good reasons to wear a garden hat. It’s also possible that none of those reasons are the number one reason why I wear one.
I’ll give you a clue. I live in the thick of the woods. If you’ve spent any good length of time in the woods WITHOUT a hat, you know exactly what I’m talkin’ about – TICKS!!!
They literally fall out of the trees, and into your hair. How, you ask? It’s simple: ticks have legs… they like to crawl… they crawl up trees, and then they fall.
It wasn’t until we moved to our current home (in the middle of the woods) that I had the “pleasure” of encountering ticks, up very close and personal.
There’s nothing more creepy than finding a tick on yourself. On more than one occasion, after being outside for awhile, I’ve grabbed my hair brush to check my hair for ticks. I brush my hair with a long sweep of the brush, and then look in the brush. I repeat this process a number of times, and, eventually, I’ll see a creepy-looking tick squirming around in the hair brush! If I’ve painted a grotesque image in your mind, try seeing it in person, with the realization that the tick was on your scalp!! (I tried to get a good photo of one, but couldn’t get my camera to focus. So I guess you can breathe a sigh of relief.)
So the next time you take a nature hike in the woods, just remember that without a hat on, more lives will walk out of the woods than the number who went in.