Doug vs. the interweb

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August 17th, 2011 9:45 PM
BEEEEEEEEES

I'm surprised this hasn't happened sooner, but while out hiking/exploring, I lifted a final log before starting to head back. I first noticed a bit of a depression under the log, then saw a really large worm that intrigued me, and then I realized there was wasps all up in my business, which was definitely a more pressing matter. I then found myself acutely aware of the sensation of several things now crawling on my skin, and combined with the knowledge of what they actually were, commenced freaking out.

(As a quick aside, the friggin kitten has now found a new game: hide under the monitor and attack my fingers when I type, leading to impossible typos and function keys getting pressed when they really shouldn't be. >:I )

Of course, some people had just passed on the trail, so my freaking out was somewhat subdued, a quiet swatting of every bit of myself while flailing myself over to the trail and muttering shoooooot. And of course as soon as I thought I had managed to extricate myself entirely, a sudden jab on my leg indicated that wasn't so. That's it? That wasn't so b, I thought... and then it started burning. Yay venom!

So, um, I should probably take care of it now that I'm home. Haven't been stung in so long, it's like a fun new experience!

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Christine - August 18th, 2011, 12:29:14 AM

I went hiking on Friday four miles almost straight up the entire way. I feel your pain when it comes to the insects. I have about 10 horse fly bites along my legs. On another note though, the view from the mountain was spectacular!

Doug - August 18th, 2011, 3:55:01 PM

Yeah, it's always worth it! But a horsefly can be a pretty big damper, especially if one manages to single you out and follow you the entire way -- that made for a much less exciting hike, having to constantly try to swat it away from my face, legs, and arms. At least bees will eventually stop following!

Rob3rt - August 31st, 2011, 4:33:54 AM

I did a bunch of hiking a couple weeks ago. In Iceland! It was amazing, beautiful, and makes me want to go back. Totally epic. I've always wanted to see volcanoes, lava fields, and glaciers. Now I've just had a taste.

One of these days I'm planning a drive to Mount Shasta, which is a huge volcano in northern CA. Not far from there is Mt. St. Helens! So much cool stuff!

And Doug, I think you actually got away rather easily! I'm surprised that you weren't stung more than once and can't help but recall Michael's experience lifting shingles in our backyard and discovering a big hive underneath one (and then the subsequent crazy run away accompanied by his receiving multiple stings).

Doug - September 2nd, 2011, 12:19:07 PM

You seem to have glossed over why you were in Iceland so as to be able to hike there. WHY WERE YOU IN ICELAND. California's not enough for you!

Isn't it like an 8 hour drive to northern CA? Giant state and all. Volcanoes!

And yeah, definitely got off easy on the stings, it's surprising there was only one, because as I said, they were crawling all along my arms and hands before I realized what was going on. I guess yellow jackets are less immediately protective than bees?

Rob3rt - September 11th, 2011, 2:30:49 PM

It was Julia's birthday week (which I had already planned to take time off for) and her brother was running in a marathon there. So instead of a week, I took Wednesday - Monday. Haha, yes, Iceland is pretty random. It was friggin awesome, I think you would like it! I'll be posting up pictures on Facebook as soon as I have time to do so.

Yes, it's quite a distance to northern Cal. Not quite 8 hours of driving (Google Maps says ~5 hrs), but it would be quite awesome to see. You should come along!

Wow, they were crawling all over the place? They must've been mystified by arm hair or something. Crazy.

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