Mosquitoes are officially the bane of my existence.. and deer flies run a pretty close second. We were back at site today. The mosquitoes were a tiny bit better than before we left, and they died off pretty well in the afternoon, only to be replaced by the flies. Both species employ psychological warfare: mosquitoes – the high-pitched whine which you have been conditioned to know precedes imminent itchiness, and flies – the loud buzzing, keeping just out of sight, and your disinclination to swat at the noise because it might be a bee. Despite liberal DEET application, the bug bite count is up to 26+ with all but two from today.
In dig news, I moved to a new unit today, 69E 152N, and managed to coax out a few happy things from its Stratum III Level 1. First, I found a small piece of bone, then another quartzite flake, and finally some possible charcoal (though it may just be root rot).
The showers are still not working despite one supposedly being fixed this afternoon. I suspect low water levels. But I got so dirty today (I had a dirt mustache and jokes that my hand would Munsell extremely differently from my clean stomach) that I took a sink shower down at the cabin, where the water works just fine. I needed to be at least mildly clean for the usual trip into Nelson tomorrow.
(Journal entry written on July 5th)
Happy 4th of July!
We took our last normal trip into Nelson. We left a little early so that we could have extra time at camp for 4th of July/Canada Day festivities. After laundry, Anna, Rachel, and I went shopping on Baker Street for a bit. For lunch, we joined Grace and Petra at a little Indian restaurant called Baba’s and enjoyed some lovely food and mango lassis. Anna and I headed off toward the market after lunch but first made a detour to a shop called Through the Looking Glass to buy stickers in the style of the Northwest Native American art on our cups at camp. Grace and Petra had shown us theirs at lunch, and we decided they were worth the stop. Anna and I made it to the market with plenty of time to shop this time. There were several fresh produce stalls as well as many arts and crafts. A lady selling loose leaf tea caught our eyes and tastebuds when she offered a free sample of her “Laugh” iced tea. We each bought two small bags of tea to try. I have “Feminini” tea and more of the “Laugh” tea.
Once back at camp, most of us headed down to the beach for some sun and surf. There were some other people hanging out on the dock when we arrived, so we lounged in our floaties on the sand for a while until we could reclaim our domain. After dinner, Molly lead an egg toss competition in the tradition of her hometown. We split into two-person teams and competed bracket style at throwing and catching the eggs in different forms. Anna and I teamed up as “Team Punch Anna (With an Egg This Time)” – a Housepit 7 joke from yesterday when we each slapped Anna at least once in attempts to kill the bug on her. Sadly, the great team lost in our first round. Maddy and Emily (a.k.a. Team Beer) won the “Schneerman Cup” (a bowl of M&Ms) in the end. Then we hung out around the fire for a while.