Average monthly on-trail cost: $1,000
Up-front gear costs: A complete PCT setup can be purchased for anywhere from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, depending on quality level, pre-owned vs new, durability, and weight.
Long form answer:
The "average" figure usually provided by experienced thruhikers as a guideline for on-trail PCT expenses ...
I understand that to be a Myth: Spiders can lay their eggs under human skin in wounds created by their bites.
It always happens to "a friend" not to the person relating the story.
However, there are several bugs that do: 11 Bugs That Will Lay Their Eggs Inside You.
The maggot from the botfly in the first picture looks particularly hideous.
Looks like a fully engorged deer (black-legged) tick. Can't tell from your picture whether it's larva or nymph. Here's a size comparison photo:
Top left is larva with nymph at its right. Call your doctor about possible exposure to Lyme or other tick-...