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Old 07-08-2018, 11:24 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by Baron Samedi View Post
As of this weekend, I'm down to one of these shirts.

One got soaked in blood after my experiment with using a hand saw as a fly swatter.

If you've ever been in the north country during bug season, you'll understand. It was totally worth it.

For the scientific record, I established a couple of facts...

1) A hand saw is actually a pretty good flyswatter, but it's also a pretty good saw.

2) When your arm is covered in blood and dripping everywhere, it does not seem to attract any more bugs than normal, nor do they go for the easy pickins, they still bite you in the most annoying places.
It's too bad, because I thought maybe easy fresh blood would stop the bites. Nope. Little bastids.

I'm totally fine. The cut looked worse than it was. I didn't even head back to the cabin for another hour or so.

The one fly for one shirt exchange doesn't work for me, though. I don't have that many shirts.
And that is why you do not, ever, go to the North Country during black fly (presumably) season. Those things will drive you insane.

I learned this on a backpacking trip to Baxter State Park in Maine during late June. The little bastards were so bad that one day we decided to climb Mt. Katahdin just to get away from them.

They picked us apart until we got up to 4000 feet. High deet bug dope was like BBQ sauce for them. They ignored it.

One night I cooked dinner with my hand holding the pan through the screen in my tent and that is not fun. It is the act of a desperate man.

I probably had one hundred welts all over my body.

Never again. They win.
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