Liverette and Traveler, sorry it took me so long to get back. Thanks for explaining the blue in the face thing. There are some mighty weird expressions in this world!
In California there are many beach areas with Lyme. I have seen official and non-official mentions for (8?) (I don't recall today) places in West LA county, plus Huntington Beach, Laguna Beach, San Clemente, Camp Pendleton, and San Diego. That makes a not-very-dotted line down the coast. I'm sure it doesn't stop at Tijuana for the border check. And, it's also up in the San Francisco area. How likely is it to have jumped right over the rest of our lovely beach areas?
Anyone know if seagulls carry Bb?!
The areas I am aware of are all at least somewhat natural areas - with bushes.