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31 Jul, 2014

In search of the perfect trail (a page from my camping journal)

Posted by andrea tomkins in: travel talk

Checking out the trails

Tuesday p.m.

An incredibly mosquito-laden hike left us hot, exhausted, and dispirited. I assumed Owen Point Trail would be less buggy than Jobes’ Woods, but I was dead wrong.

We doused ourselves with bug spray (Muskol: 30% DEET) and went in with optimistic hearts, open to any surprises that lay in store. Within the first 100m of the trail they descended… a roiling cloud of blood sucking predators and we were the only target in sight.

The reason I wanted to hike this particular trail is that it’s close to Gull Island, a bird breeding area that’s closed to the public. The trail guide promised meadows and scenic views of water. What we got was a bushwhacked trail through 8ft high grasses, hundreds of frogs leaping across the trail in feeble attempts not to get squashed, and millions upon millions of mosquitoes.

I learned a valuable lesson. No matter how much bug spray you use, they will find the spot you missed.

We reached the halfway point and I halfheartedly snapped a couple of photos. It’s hard to do when you’re busy swatting and scratching and cursing.

Gull Island in the distance

At this point we double-backed to the car, jogging at times, in hopes of outrunning the mosquitos. As we reached the car we collapsed in our seats, grateful for the shelter.


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2 Responses to "In search of the perfect trail (a page from my camping journal)"

1 | Lynn

July 31st, 2014 at 8:11 am

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Noooooot making me overcome my fear of camping any time soon :). Hope the tale of the trail search has a happy ending!

2 | Another day at Presqu’ile (another page from my camping journal) >> a peek inside the fishbowl

August 1st, 2014 at 9:36 am

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[…] ice run and stopped to check out the Marsh Trail this morning. The mosquito-ridden trails from  our previous experiences made us more than a little hesitant to venture forward, but we decided to try it and see. […]

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