If you live in the US and experienced the wrath of the recent Polar Vortex, you undoubtedly have cabin fever. Big time. We all do! Just remember that even though it is the middle of winter, poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac can still dish up a healthy dose of contact dermatitis and leave you very uncomfortable for weeks or longer if you don't catch it in time. Be on the lookout for white berries on stems with an alternate leaf arrangement (leaf scars are not right across from each other). The stems with berries are the female plants and many of the berries are still present on the plants throughout the winter and spring.
Remember to wash your clothes as soon as you get home from your much-needed nature fix, since you can get urushiol oil on your pants or snow pants. The oil will linger on your clothes while sitting in your laundry basket and spread to other articles of clothing, yourself or a family member. Also wash with Dawn dish detergent immediately if you think any part of your skin came in contact with one of these rash plants.
Enjoy your hike and be safe!
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