It seems with the heat and humidity there are tons of gnats out there. They are especially bad when there is a lot of vegetation, like grasses shoulder high on both sides of the trail. I figured out if I wear my sunglasses they can’t dive bomb my eyes. This is tremendously helpful cause I can see. They often hover around my eyes just waiting for an opportunity to get in. However, on one particular day even with my sunglasses on they were bugging me. (pun intended :)) Since my eyes were unavailable to dive into they were buzzing around my ears, getting into my nose and my mouth. It reminded me of the song Head and shoulders knees and toes. They wanted to get in my eyes, ears, mouth and nose. It is really hard to breath when every other inhale you have a bug going up your nose. Short of waving my hands in front of my face constantly I wasn’t sure what to do. If I did that I would trip over the rocks. Good grief, can I not get any reprieve?!? But then it hit me, I have a bandana and ear plugs…can this work? So I put my bandana over my nose and mouth and put in my ear plugs. This coupled with the sunglasses made for a much better last 4 miles. I could still see the gnats, but they were not getting into my face. I did have some Darth Vader moments though. My breathing and footsteps seemed to be louder. That is why I don’t like ear plugs in general. But, you’ve got to do what you’ve got to do. Hopefully I won’t have to do this too often. I didn’t run into anyone else on the trail for those 4 miles, but I’m sure they would have thought I was going to rob them.