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.