Tuesday, July 19, 2005

The Mosquito Who Didn't Eat Chinese

Yesterday was a particularly eventful day. Well...not really. We spent most of the day inside, because it was too hot to live.

However, when it started to cool down, say around 4:30 PM, we decided to go for a bike ride. Just to tool around the neighborhoods that are near where we live. Nothing major. We found a few nice places during our ride, a neighborhood situated around a pond, and a little park that had some walking trails.

Well, walking trails are no match for mountain bikes, so we decided to go ahead and try it out.

All was going fairly well, until the walking trail became obscured by the wild brush that was growing over the path. And Caleb, taking the lead plowed face first into a blackberry bush that had overcome the trail. If you aren't familiar with blackberry bushes...they have THORNS. So...Caleb proceeded to be mangled by a blackberry bush, while I tried in desperation to not be eaten alive.

See, the blackberry bush was really a 'stupid trap'. Meaning...anyone who got caught in it was to be sacrificed to the mosquitos who set the trap in the first place.

We were lunch.

I suppose that I should have known that the mosquitos were going to be particularly viscious. They ususally are right before a good storm.

And guess what? It started to thunder and lightening.

We made it to a picnic shelter just before the down pour. However, since we know how Michigan is, we decided that the next cloud break we would make a go for it to try to get home.

Home was about 3 winding miles away, and Michigan weather had other plans. Meaning, it had no intention of letting us get home dry.

And we didn't. You may have seen us...we were the loons riding our bikes, soaked to the bone with big huge grins on our faces.

The rain and the wind were warm, so it was fun, not miserable...and at the very least it saved us from the mosquitos. And by far we ate better than they did...we celebrated our survival by ordering Chinese.


At 01:37, Blogger desertUndine said...

How fun! I've never seen a blackberry bush, so thanks for clarifying. I guess that would be the arizona equivalent to riding into a cactus...

btw - I totally envy your rain. I think I'll go outside and do a rain dance. Now where did I put my hand drum?...


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