Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Attack of the Killer Mosquitoes!

This past weekend we loaded up the cars and most of the clan headed up to The Swamp for a long weekend.

The kids love it up there and the adults find it to be a nice break from the real world.

This is where my family sleeps. We bought this from my uncle many, many moons ago and promptly never used it for longer than I care to admit. When my father in law picked up this little piece of swamp we drug it up there and started using it. Now we use it here a few times a year and we try to take it somewhere at least once a summer.

I am sort of over tent camping. I am to the point in my life where I do not want to sleep in a tent unless we have to hike to get to our camping spot. If I can drive my car up and I can plug stuff in then I want this baby with me.

This weekend we learned that it sleeps four adults and three kids just fine.

Well, just fine as long as the mosquitoes cannot get in.

But that was not the case on Friday night. On Friday night the mosquitoes had a Kuykendall feast.

There was a section of the camper that needed to be repaired. It seemed trivial and while we knew it had to happen it just seemed like a low priority.  Combine that with kids going in and out, in and out, in and out of a door that needs to be slammed. What you end up with 4 adults, 3 kids, one dog, and 200 very hungry mosquitoes.

Let me tell you that between all those people we totaled about 10 hours of sleep that night and most of that was logged by the two kids who were not having nightmares about wasp-dogs or being peed on by a not quite potty trained puppy.

Heidi looks like she has the chicken pox on her face and the rest of us are just itchy, itchy, itchy!

Saturday night bread a smarter version of the Kuykendall family. One who strongly enforced the "do not open the door unless your life depends on it" policy, lit citronella candles around the camper, sprayed an entire bottle of bug spray inside and out and on every person who was even thinking about sleeping in the camper.

I am happy to say we all slept much better that night and suffered zero bites!

More on our adventures to come tomorrow! Stay tuned!


Tammy said...

I am itchy just thinking about it!

Lucy McCracken said...

I think it's so awesome to go camping on a camper! :) yeah! to getting a goodnight sleep and being attacked by mosquitoes your second night. lol I pretty much look the same way when we go camping. :)

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tiff@thecoffeehouse said...

ewww. I hate mosquitoes! but, it still sounds like you guys had an awesome time. I personally love camping ... but our camping consists of being in an air-conditioned cabin when we go canoeing.
Dan really wants to buy a camper like this one ...

Girls Love Fried Pickles said...

There is nothing that screams camping more than getting ate alive by blood suckers. For this reason I would not survive on the show Survivor.