Last July I had an accident on my way to the top of Bell Rock. I was going my usual way when a bee flew in my hair. It then stung me and I panicked because I did not know how to react to a bee’s attack, so I just waved my arms frantically and sprayed my bug-repellant. Then more bees began to attack me all at once. For the next few seconds I received several stings on my head as I headed back down Bell Rock. When I realized they weren’t still chasing me, I also unfortunately realized that I had left my walking stick at that first spot and decided to retrieve it. When I arrived at back at the same spot the bees again attacked me. I also repeated my earlier bad conduct.
Fortunately the pain was not that serious and after a few hours my head became normal. I searched the Internet on bee stings how to properly react in such a situation. I learned that bees usually don’t attack people unless they are attacked first. I found that strange since I was attacked first. I learned that when they attack they usually attack the higher part of the opponent, the head, and they are usually active in daytime and fly faster than a human walks. So the best way to react if attacked by bees is to keep calm (which requires practice), not wave your hands frantically, and simply run from that spot. The bees usually only chase for 100-150 ft. A few days later, when I hiked up Bell Rock again, I found the same bee’s nest. It looks a little special because there are not that many flowers in this high area of Bell Rock. Recently I took a photo of the nest at nighttime.
Meanwhile I found a very interesting photo on the Internet. It shows a honey farmer in South Korea who is famous because more that 250,000 bees stick on his naked body without him moving at all. That photo was a good lesson for me. Now I’m getting used to keeping calm and centered when bees or any insects fly around me. Just let them do their job. We can be friends or at least not opponents.
Yesterday I happened to read an interesting article in Sedona’s Red Rock News titled, “Painful bee stings can be cured with a slice of onion.” It states: First you scrape the poison sack off, then put a slice of onion on the sting. In two to three minutes, you don’t know you were stung. Using a slice or crushed onion on bee stings is listed as a natural home remedy in several publications….’
Be prepared with hats, long sleeves, and pants when you hike. ^_^