Hey, baby … live around here?

A little color off the front patio this morning.

Don’t just look up there β€” look down, too.

You might just see a migrating tarantula.

Well, he’s probably not a migrant. He’s on a paseo, looking for love.

News to me, as they say. I exchanged greetings with another cyclist yesterday and she said she’d seen a tarantula, and so had another trail user, so being of a curious nature I went home and asked Kindly Old Doc Google “WTF?”

Now I have one more thing to watch out for when I’m shredding the gnar. As if sharp rocks, cacti and buzzworms aren’t enough.

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13 Responses to “Hey, baby … live around here?”

  1. JD Dallager Says:

    To that list of things to watch out for I would add snakes. Rode a portion of the Santa Fe Trail here in the Bibleburg area and saw atleast 6 (from 1-foot long to 4 1/2-feet long) enjoying the balmy, sunny weather this past weekend.

    I would think Pat’s area is nirvana for the split-tongued beasts this time of year.

    Nice use of “shredding the gnar” there also, PO’G! BRAAAAAP! πŸ™‚

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We’ve been light on buzzworms and vinegaroons this year, JD. The biggest hazard on the trails has been the all-too-common earbudded jogger.

    • Pat O'Brien Says:

      We’ve have also been light on buzzworms down here. I have only seen one on Ramsey Road, and it was flat as a piece of paper. I also saw a whopper of a diamondback on Apache Point road, a little climb we do around here after going up Ramsey, but it was on the move. I’m think we will see more when the night temperatures get cooler. Temps here have generally been above normal all year. We have seen only one tarantula this year, and that was in a neighbor’s driveway. I hate spiders, but don’t mind tarantulas because, like Carl says, they have a fur coat. Khal, black windows never get rescued around Casa O’Be. They get dead, fast, inside or out. And like a true desert rat, I always shake out my shoes before I put them on.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Last summer I rescued a black widow out of the bathroom. That was a hoot. I’ve seen tarantulas on the trails up on North Mesa. They are actually quite beautiful although i sure would not want to get one in my jersey.

  3. Carl Duellman Says:

    we did a road trip out to big bend national park in west texas one thanksgiving. day 1 the weather was awesome. did a bit of hiking and whatnot. day 2 was cool, overcast and windy. as we left the lodge that morning we ran across a tarantula hoofing it across the parking lot. we were both kinda freaked out. we have spiders in florida but nothing like that. day 3 we awoke to an ice storm and we were snowed in to the park for several days. my girlfriend spent the next few days worrying about that tarantula but at least he had a fur coat.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Haw. Fur coat.

      When I was a sprout in San Antone and went to summer camp somewhere out in the boonies I recall witnessing epic battles between killer wasps and tarantulas. And my parents wondered why I had trouble sleeping at night.

      I ‘member them ice storms, too. We enjoyed one of those some years back when we drove down to visit Herself’s elder sister in Coahoma. It was as though God had decided to turn the oilpatch into a slapstick sketch.

      • pat O'Brien Says:

        Patrick, you can sure ‘nuf wrangle them words. One sentence puts a picture in my head and a chuckle in my throat.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Pat, those of us with voices in our heads occasionally overhear a keeper.

        My man Hal, filling out some obnoxious paperwork pertaining to the care of his son, recently reported answering a question about whether he had sold anything for less than fair market value in the past five years.

        “I checked ‘yes,’ and then answered: (a) my soul, and (b) my labor,” he said.

  4. Sharon Says:

    I don’t think the US ones are dangerous. When I was in college in West Texas, they used to come out in droves onto the street after it rained (which was not too often).

  5. Herb Clevenger Says:

    Many moons ago I came home from a weeks travel. “So what’s new around here” I asked my wife. “Oh not much just had to wrangle a few massasauga rattlesnakes out of the basement” she said casually while thumbing through a magazine. “Yeah right” I snarked as if that really happened. Well it DID happen and 30 years later she’s still wrangling and expelling varmits from the baronial estate. And I am still rather fearful of her despite her barely topping out at 5 feet tall. The only thing in the entire world that she backs away from is….spiders.

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