I grew up playing outside bare foot and shirtless, but always aware of rusty nails, armed farmers and poison ivy. I would usually make it through summer vacation unscathed, but come October...I was an itchy, swollen and miserable mess! I guess I could never overcome the urge to play with the pretty red leaves!
Being fly fishers and fairly outdoor savvy, I suspect most of you can identify poison ivy along the banks of your favorite creek or pond, but let me warn you all (from experience!) if you take young children fishing with you... Poison ivy turns almost poinsettia red in the fall. Do not be tempted to build a dinner table center piece!