From The Gulf Coast

| September 19, 2008 @ 4:39 pm | 22 Replies

Thanks to Dave Jones of Woodstock for these images… he writes:


Here is a few photos I took earlier this week from the Florida Gulf Coast. Also a warning to any other blog readers going to the gulf coast soon, its love bug season. I had to stop before we got to Pensacola and clean off the windshield. We returned via US 98 and Foley Alabama (had to stop at Lamberts) and ran into some large swarms of bugs on the way home. Also a photo of the front of my car before I used a pressure washer to blast off the stuck on bugs.”


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  1. db says:

    Nice photo of the sun and grass!

  2. db says:

    We are going to Oregon in a few wks and i have been surfing on places to go. Any suggestions for parks, restaurants, etc. would be welcome!

  3. db says:

    Eugene, Medford, Newport, Portland….

  4. Amy says:

    I used to live in Mobile, and I can tell you, I do NOT miss the lovebugs coating my car.

  5. Calvin says:

    I just got back from the beach last weekend and my vehicle was covered with love bugs. There were several that followed me inside.

  6. Scott McClellan says:

    Yes, lovebugs are terrible here this year. Ironic little bugs. The female drags the male around by the backside until he dies. 🙂

  7. Mark H says:

    And no one invited me ? well. lol

  8. Acid Reign says:

    …..I got coated going to Ft. Walton this week, too. I figured out how to keep it from raining at the beach. Just keep parking the car outside the parking deck (hoping for nature to wash the bugs off), when they predict rain. We got brief rainstorm early in the week, but after I started parking my car outside, nothing.

  9. Teri says:

    Regarding those pesky love bugs…’s how to get them safely off of your vehicles:

    Wet the car/windshield with water and wipe them off with dryer sheets. There’s something in the dryer sheets that helps loosen those little guys and girls and makes them easier to come off. I was down there working this week and went through 3 boxes! Unfortunately, I will be in Orange Beach on Monday and Destin on Tuesday……working and washing those bugs AGAIN!!

  10. Jamie says:

    Putting WD-40 or baby oil on the front of your car prior to the trip will also help keep the love bugs from sticking. The bugs are actually attracted to interstates because they’re attraced to the carbon monoxide in the vehicle exhaust. They come out of the ground in May and September for their mating cycles.

  11. Papa Bill says:

    db: Plenty of great things to see and do in Oregon. Along the coast there are pocket parks every few miles, with lovely views at each; Sea Lion Caves near Florence (a little smelly tough) and whale-watching excursions at Depoe Bay. There are several good seafood restaurants along the way, like Mo’s. Elsewhere I’d suggest seeing Crater Lake, the Bend area, the Spruce Goose, Mt. Hood, Multnomah Falls, and the Columbia River Gorge.

  12. db says:

    Thanks Papa Bill! That week will go fast, as all vacations go! I just thought of fall leaves. It’s supposed to be highs of 60 or so each day.

  13. Ronald says:

    I was at Gulf Shores/ Ft. Morgan this time last year and dragon flies was as bad as the love bugs.

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