So, you may remember my last blog post about leaving your toothpaste at home the next time you go camping. Well, I was thinking about my trip and decided to share a story.
One of the other camp leaders is an excellent dutch oven cook. He made us some fried chicken on our last night there and a boy was enjoying a second serving the following morning.
Unfortunately, he didn’t remember the cardinal rule about camping and he left the chicken out. As you can imagine, in a hot Boise summer, the yellow jackets descended on the meat with a vengeance.
Unlucky for me, I had been in charge of the sausage patties at breakfast and they wouldn’t leave me alone no matter how much I washed my hands!
I realized that, had I been stung, using toothpaste to soothe the pain would have been nice. But, I still stand by my earlier reasons for leaving that stuff at home.
On a side note…it is commonly believed that the higher the yellow jacket nests are, the harsher the winter will be. They are high this year so we may be in for a good winter here in Boise, Idaho.
Good skiing in the winter leads to good boating in the summer. Let’s hope this farmer’s almanac tip is true!