Monday, March 5, 2018

Day 213, Monday, March 5, 2018 - Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline, LA, Day 2

Monday, March 5, 2018 - Lake Bistineau State Park, Doyline, LA, Day 2 - 0 Miles, 5,820.5 Towing Miles For the Trip

Only minor events today. I took a shower in the campground bathroom after lunch. Not bad for state park showers - a bench, a couple of hooks & plenty of hot water, although a low volume, low pressure showerhead. A minor gripe - the temperature adjustment is very sensitive, and even a slight bump while rinsing will give you a blast of hot or cold water.

The other event was 1/4" long red ants. I'm not sure how I picked them up, but it was probably on the way back from the shower. All of a sudden, my right foot started burning. Many red ants crawling all over it. I smashed as many as I could, then checked the trailer floor & rugs, finding many more. I'm pretty sure they came in on my foot, but I'll keep checking for them since there are very few entry points in Escapes with the detachable power cord. I checked the stabilizers, cords, and tires, but didn't see any signs of them.

Later, I found the source - just behind the truck is an ant hill that I must have stood in when I put my towel on the back of the truck topper to dry. Right now I only seem to have psychological ants - I keep checking every itch for one of the little buggers, but none so far. While they could be some variety of fire ants since my foot is still burning, they are not as bad as the ones I "met" in Alabama a couple of years ago. I haven't had much experience with them, so who knows. Now I have to try to avoid them when I pack up the truck & trailer in the morning. I have to say that one advantage of the Arizona desert is the lack of bugs!

I took a photo of them, although they blend in well with the road, and are hard to see. I also photographed some snowdrops and some of the other signs of Spring.  More photos at today's LakeshoreImages page.

While it looked like rain all day, so far it has held off. heavy clouds with brief glimpses of sunshine. Time to get back to reading the latest Lee Child Jack Reacher novel - The Midnight Line on my Kindle.

The rain hit around 3:00. Not too hard, mixed with a bit of thunder & radio warnings of a tornado. Of course, the warning was by parish (Louisiana's county designations) and I have no idea what parish I'm in, but my radar app showed a line of thunderstorms with little activity over my location.

Dinner was the rest of yesterday's orange chicken.

Until tomorrow -

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