I saw the ticks and thought I got them all off of me. I don't remember being bitten, but in May the nymphs are tiny and would be easy to miss.
It was just a tranquil walk in the woods with my sister. And now I wake up every day in pain. A couple weeks after this walk the joint pain and stiffness began. Then the horrendous summer flu from which I never got better. And it's been a long hike through sludge ever since. Be careful out there, folks!