Hey Cuz....sounds like so far so good! The trip sounds great!
I was catching up on the journals and remembered something about mosquitoes...we used to have a lot of trouble with them at the Rennaisance Faire where I volunteered, and I found a remedy in one of my herbal home remedy books:
"INSECT BITE PREVENTATIVE: Before going into an area that you know has many insects, take 1 tablet of 100 mg thiamine. If you are going to be out several days, hiking or camping, take several tablets a day. Insects stay away."
Thiamine is Vitamin B1. According to the pill bottle, it says it's 'vital for converting food into energy'. ;-) Sounds good already! Anyway, we used this at the Faire and the skeeters and gnats seemed to stay away, even from Michael who apparently was a juicy target. I think you prolly can find it at a drug store or even a grocery if they carry vitamins.
I did notice that I started to smell very lemon-y after using it a couple days! The deliberate overdose comes out thru your pores, but it worked on the STL bugs. Maybe it'll work on the BC ones, too.