How the Lyme Lounge got its name

Because I really don’t have anything to talk about today because all I did was work 🐽

We bought the Lyme Lounge in 2013. It replaced The Little Princess, an old trailer that the UU owned but we used a lot. We would park it in the moomincabin parking area and the GG formed the Uncle Fester Club for all the then small beach urchins. The main activities of the Uncle Fester Club were making Jiffy Pop and telling scary stories. Except I don’t think they told a lot of scary stories. The only one I ever heard about failed something like two sentences in when a “cylinder” was mentioned and the urchins erupted in screams. I’ll maybe tell about the cylinder another day.

The Lyme Lounge was manufactured in Minnesota by the Scamp Trailer company and the GG and our mouse drove over there to pick it up. It was June when they made the trip and June is peak insect season. The return trip took them through the yooperland to the moomincabin where I met them.

They did a lot of hiking along the way and at the end of every day they counted up all the ticks they had encountered. I don’t remember the gory details but there were days when they found something like 60. He keeps his tick collection in little alcohol-filled vials or sometimes in ziplock freezer bags.

By the time they got to the moomincabin, the GG was feeling rather unwell and even though the ticks they encountered were not deer ticks, we couldn’t help wondering if he’d overlooked one somewhere along the way. In the end, we decided his fever was probably from black fly bites, another scourge but one that doesn’t cause lasting illness.

After all that, we decided the only possible name for our new trailer was the Lyme Lounge.

Note that the ticks in the pic are “dog” ticks, not the deer ticks that cause Lyme disease. I’m not sure we’ve ever seen a deer tick although they are supposedly around. I am creeped out by any kind of tick and get panicky when I find one crawling on me.

2 Responses to “How the Lyme Lounge got its name”

  1. Isa Says:

    Jiffy Pop and Calvin and Hobbes comic books!!

  2. Margaret Says:

    I find the concept (much less the reality) of ticks highly disturbing.