Saturday, October 5, 2013

Our Bike Trail Woes for Yesterday

Same place, different circumstance.


We went to the bike trail directly after school yesterday. I've posted about it before, we really enjoy it there. Yesterday was different though. We got there, and it was desolate...I'm talking completely empty. We soon found out why. After unloading the bikes and setting down the trail it wasn't long before we were covered in mosquitoes.


We kept riding for a bit, hoping they would dissipate, and after awhile they did, but then the youngest was worried about coyotes or bears coming out of the woods to get us. He's never even thought of such things before, but usually the trail is full of people. I made a joke that even coyotes and bears wouldn't brave those mosquitoes, but he wasn't buying it.

There's something either very peaceful or very unnerving about being alone in a place full of nature (well, peaceful if you subtract the mosquitoes). He wasn't finding it peaceful and was scared to ride his bike ahead of me very far (something he loves to usually do).  So... we rode to a designated spot and then turned around to load the car and go back home. Of course we had to go through the swarms of mosquitoes to get back to the car first.


As we were loading up, and older lady and her little dog came walking up. I told her, "I hope you've got bug spray!"

"I've got my Bounce!" she said, and sure enough, she had fabric softener in each hand.


"Does that work?" I asked her. 


"We're about to find out," she said.

I was thinking she'd need a dress made out of Bounce to get through that mess unscathed, but I could see she was determined, so we just waved goodbye.

I'm sure the mosquitoes were excited to see her coming. We were glad to be in the car. We'll try again some other day.

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  1. I've heard that about dryer sheets, but I've never tried it out. Now I wonder if it actually works. I think the mosquitoes are done here for the season because it gets too cold at night now, but they can be a real pest!!

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    1. I wish we'd have met that lady at the end of her walk instead of the beginning to see if it worked. That'd be a way better alternative than repellent.

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  2. It has been so wet here that bugs and mosquitoes are just waiting for me to walk outside.

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  3. It has been in the 80s and humid in here, so yup the mosquitos are back in full force. The girls were even complaining about getting bites and sure enough I was putting medicine and bandaids on. Hope they go away soon, because it really quite annoying in October to be dealing with this now.

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    1. Well Band-Aids, of course. Ahahhaha, thinking of your Band-Aid post. :)

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  4. The mosquitoes were not as bad here in KY this year as they normally are. They can sure make things miserable!!

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    1. They're persistent little things, I'll give 'em that.

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  5. WOW, that sounds like a mass of mosquitoes... I cannot handle them, I must try the bounce idea the next time I am walking in nature. I usually walk the city streets so this does not come up often but I was thinking about changing things up a little and going for a hike with someone :)

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    1. I don't know if the Bounce works. Can't hurt anything to try though. :)

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  6. huh, did not know that about bounce....might have to keep me a pack in the car....smiles...the cooler weather will be zapping those bugs pretty soon....

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    1. You almost made me LIKE the mosquitoes with that wretched thought. :)

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  7. Eeek! I hate mosquitoes! I've heard that about the dryer sheets and always wondered if it worked. I guess it's worth a shot if you don't mind smelling like a dryer sheet haha.

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    1. She had one in each hand, I'm not sure if she rubbed it on her or not?

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  8. Oh yeah, that would have been miserable. I don't blame you for abandoning that ship. That's too bad though. The mosquitoes are nearly gone for the season around here...which is nice for sitting outside. Take comfort - snow filled YET mosquito free days to come?! :)

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    1. Gah, one's as bad as the other!! :)

      Have a great weekend, Kristi!

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  9. So bounce scares them away? hmmm didn't know that. Hate those suckers though.

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    1. So that lady said, there's yay's and nay's supporting it. Could be worth a try, or a waste of time. I'm not walking deliberately into them to find out, but if circumstances come up, I'll give it a whirl. :)

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  10. Yikes! I am not a fan of mosquitoes. Not one bit. They love me too. Leave hubby alone for the most part, but have a feast on me. Bless their little blood sucking hearts.

    I don't think the bounce works. I've heard it doesn't.

    Have a terrific day. :)

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    1. They're annoying little suckers, that is for certain.

      Terrific day to you too!

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  11. Lions, and tigers, and bears. Oh my! All those mosquitoes are a little too natural for me. Glad you guys survived!

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    1. They sure liked us. I'm glad we survived too. :)

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  12. Molly gets so swollen up when she even gets one bite! I think she's allergic in a big way. Like they turn to bruises after even! I wonder why your little guy was so worried this time! Well, at least you made it back in one piece!

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    1. Little man was worried because usually there are a lot of people on the trail. When there's no one there, you can hear noises rustling around in the woods on both sides of you and it got his imagination really going. ;)

      That stinks that your little one has such a bad reaction to the bites. :(

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    1. You ain'ta' kiddin. ;) They made us cut our bike riding time short.

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  14. It has been so wet here that bugs and mosquitoes are just waiting for us all to walk outside.

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    1. They sure know how to clear an area, I'll give 'em that.

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  15. Thanks for sweet comments! Love
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    1. Thanks for the visit back, I totally loved that purse!

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  16. Ewww. I do not like mosquitos. Or stink bugs. Or bears. Or coyotes. Haha.

    I'm with you though, it always feels better when there are other people around!!

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    1. I've never seen a bear around here. I know my in-laws saw one on a piece of land they own up north. Their little dog was barking to scare it away, lol.

      This year was the first time ever though, that we did see a couple of coyotes.

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  17. I tried the dryer sheets thing, and dang! They work. After a while, the smell of Fresh Spring can get to you, but they work. Rub them on your pants and exposed body parts, and tuck one somewhere.

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    1. Good to know! I might keep a couple in a ziploc in the car, just in case.

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  18. I would have stuck around to watch the show! I am curious if it worked for her!

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    1. We'd have gotten eaten alive waiting. ;)
      I was curious too.

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  19. Yikes! I saw something advertised that has a little clip on thing you wear, to keep the mosquitos away. Maybe like a dog flea collar technology? I can't remembner the brand!

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    1. I think I've seen something similar advertised too. Totally forgot about it until you mentioned it. It might have even been OFF! that was advertising it.

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  20. We have had a nasty problem with mosquitoes here this year. However, we always have bugs thanks to our humid and hot summers :)

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    1. We had one summer at our home that was a disaster, since then hubby treats the yard once a year and it seems to do the trick.

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  21. ha ha ha... need a dress made out of it..
    you are too funny :)
    hope yall didnt get eaten too bad... they have been really bad here lately

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    1. GA has them the size of peaches!! LOL! I'm not kidding. One of my sil's lives in Newnan, and she has a lot of land behind her with a creek on it, and it's nice land but the mosquitoes there are huge!

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  22. That's too bad they attacked you all. You went thinking you'd have a great time!

    Isaak is like your youngest. We walked home from the Y. It was quiet, and dark. He said, "I hope Michael Jackson isn't going to get me!" My husband showed him the Thriller video. Now he's scared of Michael Jackson. I don't think it would help if I told him he was dead.

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    1. That video is kind of creepy, isn't it. My son's been scared of coyotes, so he wanted to look them up on youtube. I told him we'd get a book from the library instead. ;)

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  23. I completely agree with you about that weird tension between peacefulness and creepiness when you are alone in the woods. I must say, though, that I love hearing about all the things you do with your family. It's clear you guys have an active life and that you expose your family to so many cool things.

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    1. When the rustles in the woods that you can hear and not see (what's causing them) get too active, the antenna on my son's head starts wiggling. :)

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  24. I know it's not the most pleasant thing to wear, but using sunscreen helps keep the mosquitoes away. And of course it helps against the sun.

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    1. I didn't realize that, great tip. TY!

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  25. I use bounce sheets when I don't feel like spraying anything on. But in order to NOT get bit you will smell like bounce. I rub it on my neck then I have one sticking out of each hip pocket. It's a pain really. You might as well spray stuff on.

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    1. Good to know it works though, I would rather have them than not if the mosquitoes were out having their little parties. :)

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  26. I think Bounce does work! And I think that little guys at a certain age worry about things like that - I remember Andy did.

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    1. Aww, I wanted to scoop him up and hug him, but you know...he's a big boy now and we were out riding our bikes, lol.

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  27. I hate it when mosquitoes are around especially when they bite! Even worse when they cause illnesses like dengue fever. I have never heard of Bounce. I must look out for it here.

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    1. Dryer sheets! I don't know if other brands work or not, but the Bounce is said to do the trick. :)

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  28. Eeeks I hate going through swarms of mosquitoes.. we lived in Aust for a while and during summer there it was terrible!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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    1. We had one summer here that was awful, but hubby treats the yard at the beginning of summer now and that seems to do the trick. Knock on wood.

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  29. Poor little man, I think when they start learning about nature the fear creeps in, what a disappointing ride :(

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    1. It really was. I hope we get to try again before the weather gets too cold.

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  30. Hi Rosey .. I hate mozzies .. but they're fodder for some ... and yes those cycle trips can be daunting if you wonder why there's only you out there ..

    I'm sure he'll recover and enjoy those trips again soon ... I wonder if bounce does work?! Cheers Hilary

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    1. We should have another nice day or two before cold weather sets in. We'll try again. :)

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  31. Oh that happened to me once! I was halfway down an empty trail happily jogging along thinking about how great it was to have it to myself when I ran full on into like a billion bugs! I flipped out!

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    1. They know how to spoil some fun fast, that's for sure.

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  32. ughh, i'm so sorry. i can't stand buggies...especially around piper. there are a few trails that we've had to leave because of the same issue. so sorry! i hope you and your family have an amazing weekend, rosey! xoxox
    maria

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    1. Those bugs are ridiculously still hanging around. It's about to get cold again though, so I'm sure they'll leave soon enough. We can't use the trail when it gets too cold...I'd like to get another trip or two in. I like it because it's a safe place for little man to get on his bike and go! :)

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  33. LOL. you made me giggle at "I'm sure the mosquitoes were glad to see her coming. haha!

    I hope you see her again to ask if the bounce really worked. :)

    Hope next time the ride will be fun.

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    1. That lady was a brave one, I'm telling you. :)

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    2. Still have Mosquitos in the city in mid November. Hope they stay away soon.

      knickgirl_3 at yahoo dot com

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