Wake Up, Blink, Blink...BUGS!
21 May 2010 | Upper Broad Creek, Neuse River, NC
So we decided to anchor in Upper Broad Creek, just off to the side in the Neuse River last night. We didn't realize that something else already called this spot "home." We slept, as we normally do, with the companionway open and most of the screened ports open as well. Maxwell was the first up and quickly returned to the bed to wait for me to wake. When I started stirring, he told me that we should stay in the bed for a while because a few bugs had come in. I didn't think too much of it because I had seen some small bugs before in the morning hiding inside of the dodger but they always head out when the sun gets going.
He told me that they were pretty bad so I had to see this for myself. He said to stay low as not to stir them and I started getting worried. So I crawled on the cabin sole into the galley and I must have spooked the interior swarm because a hum began to resonate from their wings and it was even louder outside where the reserves were waiting! All I could think was Retreat! Retreat!! I ran back to the V-berth and shut the door!! We were under siege!
The good thing is that they do not bite, just swarm around and get into everything! They are everywhere, inside and out. Some have died and smeared their little corpses where they land.
We moved from the secluded creek to New Bern a few hours ago and lost a few in the process but many survived the trip. Hopefully the breeze will pick up and take our army of stowaways along to the next battle very soon.