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We went ashore in the kayaks and when back at the boat we rinsed with fresh water. All very normal. Except the on-shore breeze carried the water vapor…onshore, and soon we were invaded by bees. Two scouts, then four, then the entire hive came to visit.

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Once upon a time we met a guy who’d known an old wife who told him a tale. “Put a bowl of water at the bow for the bees, and they’ll leave you alone.”

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So we did, and they did. When the sun went down they all went home.

The old wife gets 8 out of 10 for this idea. No bees are better than bees, but bees on the bow are better than bees in the cabin.

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