Oliphant Furnace, PA
Pathfinder | 61 pts
No trip to Canaveral would be complete without a visit to the National Seashore north of the launch pads. But the three star rating I gave is misleading. Before dusk it is a five star beach. As you crest the grass covered dunes you are greeted by sea breezes blowing off of the warm Atlantic and if you're lucky, maybe even views of a shuttle on the launch pads awaiting lift off. In the evening the lights come on and the view of an illuminated shuttle is otherworldly and unforgettable. But herein lies the problem and the reason for the 3 star rating. Between the mainland and the seashore lies a body of water tactfully labeled Mosquito Lagoon. Why doesn't the chamber of commerce change this? Because surely nothing else applies. We were molested by mosquitos (Spanish for 'little fly') the size of Florida oranges. The onshore breeze keeps them away from the beach so when you crest the dune again they attack like Japanese Zeros. My wife and I were lucky enough to get some Skin So Soft on before it was too late, but our friends were not so lucky. I hid my wife under our beach blanket and braved the onslaught bare armed. We rushed into an awaiting car to be rushed back to the safety of Mims but were not yet free. The 'little flies' had made it into the cars and the slapfest continued until every last one was dead. We breathed a well deserved sigh of relief as our friends began to scratch.