It sure has been a hot the last couple of days around here? It is like we jumped from cool wet weather, right into summer all of a sudden, reaching 30 plus Celsius with skin burning sun. Now I hear that there could be forest-fire warnings issued very shortly, and water advisories are right around the corner–better get that lawn watered. But there is one irritant that seems to make forest-fires and water shortages pale in comparison: Mosquitoes!
I took a walk to the beach today, Fort Langley’s best kept secret, along the river where I thought I would take off the shoes and feel the sand between my toes, maybe wade in the water for a bit. At first I thought something was wrong…, there were hardly any people, no sun worshippers, boaters and water-skiers. It didn’t take long for me to realize why no humans were around the water on a super hot day like today. When I started my walk down the path that takes me from the bridge to the shore, I was attacked by thousands of mosquitoes–all parking themselves on any bare-skin they could find. Then they stared injecting me with their inch-venom, and then drawing blood as fast as they could. I ran back up the hill twice as fast I had walked down hoping to outrun them. They followed me home–the dirty bastards!
I have about thirty bits along my arms and the back of my neck. The itchiness it unbelievable. Now I know why people are staying away from the water and bushes by the river.
When I went into the IGA to grab some items for my lunch tomorrow, there were flies coming in the store to feast on the people standing in the checkout lineup. They must have recognized me because they all seemed to gang up on me. I must of looked weird as I was trying to squish as many of them as I could hoping to put a dint in their population.