When I pulled into the lot at Ponderosa Park this morning, it was with great dismay that I realized I had left my can of Off! tucked in my bag back at the hangar. Only seconds after opening the car door, the unmistakable hum of a mosquito in my ear was almost deafening. Sure enough, warmer weather has allowed the mosquito population to flourish, even at higher altitudes.
No problem. Hopefully I'd be moving too quickly through the forest for those bloodsuckers to feast on my sweet, A-positive nectar. I had to smirk at the poignance of the situation, though. Tomorrow is the opening day of the third movie in the Twilight saga, and once again the oh-so-pretty actors will converge on an unsuspecting public—much like the vampires they portray, in fact.
So, I set off at a brisk trot, enjoying the chirping of the birds in the trees and the softness of my footsteps on the pine-needle-covered trail. There I was, listening to the call of the wild, when suddenly it was drowned out by the call of nature.
I'll leave the graphic details out. Suffice it to say that the blood-thirsty mosquitoes demonstrated absolutely no qualms about attacking me when I was crouched down in a most vulnerable position possible.
The moral of this story is, whether you're going to the movies or going camping, be sure to bring an appropriate repellent (perhaps an iPod for Rob Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, and preferably something containing DEET for the mosquitoes). You'll be glad you did.