Although we’re a ways from Texas, we’ve been getting a lot of rain here, too. Thankfully we’re not flooding and prayers for those in Texas and Louisiana who have lost so much. Hopefully everyone will be generous and help them through this disaster. My only problem is that if the grass doesn’t stop growing and the rain doesn’t stop coming, I’m going to need a rice harvester to cut it. That said, between the rains on Friday, I picked up another kayak from a friend who was clearing out his garage. He made me a great deal on a Wilderness System 18 with a few scratches, but in very good condition. I took it out Friday evening, hoping to be paddling between storms. Well, another storm came up and I got wet, but I enjoyed paddling the boat. I have never been a fan of rudders on kayaks and this one has a skew instead of a rudder. It was windy and there were waves and whitecaps, but the skeg helped the boat to track beautifully as I tried it in various positions. This is a very fast boat.
|DON'T STAND HERE!|
|my foot on Monday|
But one bad thing happened. As I was taking my boat off the car at a wildlife ramp along the Intracoastal Waterway, I received a call on my cell phone. I laid the boat on a grassy medium and took the call. It was from another paddler whom I’d left a message of going out paddling and since I thought he might want to join me. As we were talking, I realized something was biting my foot. I thought it was a mosquito or maybe a gnat. When I looked down, I noticed that my feet were covered with dots. At first I thought fleas, then realized it was red ants. I told my friend I had to go and ran out into the water to drown the buggers. And then I went kayaking. By the time I got home, my legs were beginning to burn. I had 26 bites on my right foot and ankle and another eight on my right leg. On my left leg and foot, I have another 20 bites. I also received a few bites on my stomach and on my left hand!
Much of Saturday and Sunday was spent soaking my feet and putting baking soda on the bites. The cool of the water helps a lot. When I had to put on shoes and walk for a ways, my feet burned. On Monday, I picked up some new “After Bite”® as I realized the bug cream I was using was over a year out of date. That helped more. I have now moved to calamine lotion and my feet are no longer burning as badly.
Last night, I went out for another evening paddle. As I was putting the boat back in the garage, it began to rain again.