Springtime can be a really nice time of year in the north. The days are very long, the birds are back and singing constantly, the frogs are croaking, and once the mud dries, the running is amazing – until the mosquitoes come out and terrorize you. Translation: 3 days of great running.
Kobi also loves this time of year as there are water ponds and puddles everywhere so she can cool off and regain her super powers every 10-15 minutes. She also discovered playing in culverts. Last week she ventured into one and had to run in and out of it at least 5 times before I could coax her on again.
After our playdate with the culvert on a walk last week, I wanted to go for a bike ride. You see, I signed up for a triathlon so I had better get on a bike a few times before the event. Turns out the day I decided to ride was rather warm (24C) and that resulted in the first of the year flying ant invasion.
Apparently under the right heat and humidity, all the queen and male ants from all over Antville fly out at the same time in order to meet up and procreate (I Googled it). They mate, the dudes die and the females go back and make their colonies bigger and also diversify the gene pool. Please feel free to clarify any of this if there are any ant experts out there.
It’s kind of cool to read about, but not so cool to bike through swarms of slow flying large insects. In short, it freaked me out. I had several (it seemed like 100’s, but likely only 10 or 20) of them hit me and stick to my shirt and helmet, and get tangled in my hair (of course they had to get tangled in my hair) all while I’m speeding along on my bike.
I remembered back to a horrific crash I took as a little kid when I was out riding my cool bicycle that looked exactly like this:
A flying ant was heading straight at me as I was barreling down a gravel road. I ducked, gravity took over, and I crashed and slid along the gravel. It was the memory of that crash that helped me maintain my cool all while being pelted by ants, I’m also far too old to fall off a bike. Oh yeah, my current bike doesn’t look like that one.
Have you experienced a flying ant event or other large insect event? Does your dog dig culverts? Do you like riding or running or both? Did you have a bike like the one above – maybe not in pink – or am I just the
oldest coolest person out there?
PS Stay tuned, I had a pretty cool adventure over the weekend….