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Annual sunburn and mosquito feast

I worked a company BBQ today at a campground that was a 108km drive east of here.  Nice day for a drive once I got out of the smoke around town here… lots of wild fires burning in the north here so our weather forecast has been “Local Smoke” for the last couple of days.

Everything is green, with fields of golden dandelions… made me feel all poetic… I wandered lonely as a cloud amongst the dandelions and the fluffy floating cottonwood seeds…

Any hoo… practically no traffic at all, a little road work but it wasn’t full-scale so the speed limit was only lowered to 80 kmh.

What should have taken me 1 hour and 33 minutes only took 1 hour and 5 minutes to cover… so I was REAL early.  Instead of going to the campground I decided I’d go right into town to top up the gas tank, but when I got there realized they didn’t have the station I wanted to use… FULL SERVICE!!!

Turned around and went to the campground where the BBQ was being held – a little early but oh well.  The organizer greeted me right away after I got out of the RAV.  She showed me where I could set-up and where the porta-pottie was…

Kids started to hang around immediately so I gave them my book to look through while I set-up.

It was a steady gig… not too many kids and only a couple waiting at a time.  Painted some teens and adults too.

HOWEVER… it’s been damp.  The mosquitos were HUGE and annoying even though I sprayed down with bug spray before starting.  I’m sure I’ve been bitten.

I was set-up in one of those large marquee style tents with the clear plastic windows – my paints were in the sun and were getting quite soft and things were drying out quickly. 

I may also have managed to get burned… I say “may” as I’m not sure yet.  I generally can’t tell how bad until I shower.

On the drive home I saw several beavers busily building… dragging logs through their ponds to reinforce their dams.

So summer season has started now – the weather proves it.