Friday, September 25, 2009
Camping in Florida can sometimes be a challenge. We try and camp when it's cooler. September's a little early in the camping season for me. We're still in the dog-days of summer during the month of Septmeber and it can be steamy. But there were sites available at Fort DeSoto! We love Fort DeSoto: sugar sand beaches, Australian pines, a long fishing pier, miles and miles of trails, camp sites right on the water and ocean breezes. It's a beautiful place to camp.
We didn't luck out with the site. We were on the lagoon side. Lots of heavy brush blocked the water from view, but apparently not from mosquitos. We've had a lot of rain and the shore and some of the woods were water logged. I have never seen mosquitos like I did last weekend--not even in Alaska.
We battled. Citronella candles, yard fogger, Skin-So-Soft. You name it and we probably sprayed it on ourselves or the camp. You couldn't walk through the grass without disturbing them. The mosiquitos lifted like helicopters on attack! Someone brought a fan to the dinner table, so we could blow them away. It worked nearly as well as the sprays.
Still, bitten and sunburned --we had a great time. We spent an amazing day at the beach. Inhaled "cheesy pouffs", took the boat to the beach's point, reveled in nature and laughed with friends. What's a few (million) bugs to all that? Nothing.