Sunday, January 03, 2010
At least there's no mosquitoes and black flies in the winter, and the temptation to take a dip in a leech infested stream is muted, and the deer ticks are kinda subdued ;->
I was born and raised in northern NY, so maybe the "wonder of it all" has kinda worn off.
Ah, but those black flies, deer flies and mosquitoes (aka: The Adirondack Air Force, or AAF for short) are part of Mother Nature's defense system for the 'Dacks. Without them, the place would be crawling with subdivisions as the "Forever Wild" amendment would have long been repealed by Albany.
Oh yea, I forget about the squadrons of those @#%$! deer flies. You drive up the driveway of the old family homestead and have to sit in the car for 10 minutes waiting for them to subside.
They must key off motion, cuz hundreds of them would attack the car with a vengeance trying to bite it and it took quite a while before they figured out that wasn't going to work and wandered off giving you a small window to make a mad dash into the house.
For some reason, the “40 reasons to love the Adirondacks” link has gone bad, but it is still viewable at a cached version.
I was in the Adirondacks only during the months of May, July, and August, but I never found the insects to be anymore of a problem than they were where I lived in rural NE. Certainly not worth commenting about. OTOH, my roommate my freshman year in college was from the upper West Side, was one to freak out when a horse fly got in the room. HE would certainly have commented about the Adirondack Air Force. But for me, it was no big deal.