driving parallel to the upper klamath lake at dusk it abruptly started to rain. thick drops were smashing against our windshield. but wait - there was not a single cloud in the sky! where did this heavy rain suddenly come from?! it took us a while to realize the high frequency drumming of “raindrops” was in fact the sound of thousands of insects smashing into the car. yuck! trying to remove the bloodbath by constantly washing the window we soon ran out of wiper fluid. it got harder and harder to see the road: the massacre deteriorated progressively until our front window was totally smeared, all this happened while the night was slowly approaching. the headlights of the on-coming cars illuminated the insectoid mass grave and blocked our view increasingly. oh. shit.
in the end we made it to the next gas station by tailgating a huge truck that paved the way through the swarms of mosquitoes. at this gas station fearless lars cleaned the car with a high pressure water blaster (while i refused to get out).
i’ll spare you the picture of or front bumper slash midget-graveyard cause it’s just too nasty (it makes me itch just thinking about it).
instead i’d like to emphasize our dramatic adventure and introduce you to the infamous klamath midget with the following (dead on) text (source).
“It’s early evening, the wind dies, and near the edge of the marsh a few small flying insects rise. Soon joined by others, the swarm increases and increases and increases until the mass of insects forms a long symmetrical top-shaped mass that swirls about emanating a strong, screaming hum audible at a distance of 100 yards. Cows refuse to eat. Automobile radiators clog. People become nauseated and have trouble breathing. - Where could this happen? Belize, the Mosquito Coast? The swamps of the Congo? The banks of the great gray-green, greasy Limpopo River, all set about with fever trees? Give up? It’s the Klamath marsh!”
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