We visited the Outer Banks two years ago. The kind folks at the ferry landing at Cedar Island allowed us to park our rig in their large lot for the night since we were taking the 7 a.m. ferry. While walking the shoreline and rocks that evening I was bitten by a Brown Recluse spider. By morning I had bad flu-like symptoms, by evening swelling and bad blisters. Worked our way up the Banks although much faster than we'd have liked. Spent two nights camped at the hospital at Nags Head where it was determined that the severe swelling caused blood clots to develop behind the knee. They started me on blood thinners, self-injected into my stomach twice each day. Spent a week in a hospital in Raleigh where they struggled to stop the cellulitis/infection. After 3 days with no success, they began to consider amputation of the leg since the infection was out of control. But they finally stopped it and released me---on two legs. On to Knoxville where severe abdominal pains put me back in a hospital. Blood thinners caused the kidney to bleed and develop a hematoma. And oh by the way, they said I had renal cancer that'll probably finish me off. They surgically implanted a filter in my vena cava to catch runaway blood clots. We chose to head for Mayo Clinic in MN, our home state, to have the kidney removed. But they said there wasn't any cancer, so no surgery necessary. Now, two years later, there are lingering effects from the bite. My wife wants to go back since her vacation was spent in hospital waiting rooms. I'm inclined to give her bus fare. I'll stay in MN and stand in a snowbank
This isn't meant to scare anyone from going to the Banks. Stuff can go wrong wherever we go. It was just an unusual camping adventure, and tribulation creates character, right?