The sign in the Antelope Island State Park visitors’ tollbooth indicated no refunds would be given due to bugs. How bad could the bugs be? It didn’t take long to find out.
We went to Antelope Island State Park to watch birds. It’s an island in the Great Salt Lake of Utah, where it’s possible to see hundreds of bird species according to ebird.com. The woman at the tollbooth gave us a bird list. She suggested we look for birds on the 7-mile causeway. Just pull over to the side of the road, she advised.
In the safety of the car, we picked up our binoculars and scanned the lake. If we looked past the midges, we saw three wading birds on the nearby shore. In a flash we felt the impact. We’d been rear-ended as we sat in our bright yellow car with its flashers going! At the driver’s side of the car appeared a bicycle rider saying over and over, “I’m sorry.” He was bleeding from cuts by his eye, his tooth was chipped, but he was standing up. We checked him to make sure that he should be standing, not sitting. OK.
How did the accident happen? The bicyclist was so bothered by bugs that he had kept his head down as he pedaled on the causeway, never looking up, never noticing our (very bright!) yellow car.
The bicyclist was driven to an Urgent Care facility, and we decided to leave Antelope Island.
Should we have taken that warning about bugs in the park more seriously?