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A Good Trip, But....

Well, we're back from Savannah, and I have to say that it is truly a marvelous city.  For those of you who don't know, the city is laid out as a grid, with each section of the grid built around a square of green space.  Most of the squares have a statue or a fountain or a monument at their center, and all of them are filled with magnificent Live Oak trees, their branches covered with Spanish Moss.  Stately old homes and churches surround the squares; some of the homes have been converted to museums; others remain privately owned (I can't even begin to imagine what one of them might sell for).  Most of them date from the early 19th century; all of them are beautifully maintained.   We walked all over the city, stopping in to view some of the museums, shopping in antique shops, and eating lots of great food.  During the three days we were in the city, we didn't once use our car -- we were able to walk everywhere, and the girls didn't even complain.  Of course, we kept them well plied with ice cream and salt-water taffy, which helped a lot....

My one complaint:  Any of you know what no-see-ums are?  They're also referred to as biting midges.  Look in your dictionary at the letter "l" in any entry -- that's how big they are.  Don't let their size fool you, though.  They're vicious.  You can't see them until you feel the sting of a bite, which, in and of itself, isn't too painful.  But then the fun begins.  A small welt rises where the little bugger bit you.  It itches like mad, so you scratch it a bit.  A moment or two later the welt is the size of a penny and the itch is driving you nuts.  But you're having trouble focusing on that one because you've just felt that same like sting in about eighteen other places:  your forearm, your scalp, your leg, in between two knuckles, on your wrist, on your neck . . .  You get the idea.

Worst of all, the bites are as persistent as flea bites.  I'm still covered with welts several days after the worst of the no-see-um swarms, and all of them still itch.

So, yeah, I had a great time in Savannah.  But I'd be lying if I didn't admit that the bugs made this trip a bit harder to enjoy.  I need to remember that the Southeast coast in mid-March, while lovely in terms of the weather, is also prime no-see-um country.  I had this problem at Cumberland Island two years ago and at Hilton Head six years ago, but I thought that being in a city would make this trip different.  I was wrong.  And I have the welts to prove it.


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Mar. 22nd, 2009 06:05 pm (UTC)
I saw Savannah for the first time this November on our way down to Disney World. We didn't have much time there (I dragged my family in as a brief detour, mainly so I could take photos) but what we managed to see as we walked around the historic district was *beautiful.* And I *loved* the Spanish moss and old homes. I've been eager to go back for a more leisurely tour, but I'll remember your point about the bugs and plan accordingly!

In the meantime, I hope the bites heal soon. :/
Mar. 22nd, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
It is a great city, Jen. And well worth visiting again. Just go armed....
Mar. 22nd, 2009 09:06 pm (UTC)
Avon's Skin-So-Soft is the best repellent money can buy. It doesn't smell like poison, and you get the added benefit of skin conditioning while you're keeping the sand fleas away.

Mar. 22nd, 2009 10:59 pm (UTC)
Thanks for the tip. I've used Skin-So-Soft and the other smells-good repellant out there. They work, but for all it's evils, nothing works as well as DEET.
Mar. 23rd, 2009 04:15 am (UTC)
Oddly enough I don't get bitten by any mosquitoes. They eat my brothers alive but avoid me. They have my whole life.

The only thing that went after even me where these flies that hover among the reeds in Barnegat Bay in New Jersey. We went out crabbing about a decade ago on my uncle's boat and we wandered into a spot where they were buzzing around and they swarmed us. For some reason they all flew into the cabin of the boat and we shut them in and headed away from the area. Nasty things.

Other than that, I don't get bitten. Now I've never been to Savannah, so I don't know if I've been around those no-see-ums. But I did live in southern Alabama for 5 years so the odds are I was around something similar.

Mar. 23rd, 2009 04:09 pm (UTC)
I envy you. Mosquitos, no-see-ums, deer flies -- you name it, they bite me. Apparently I'm quite delicious.
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