Monday, September 20, 2010


Last week we were driving home from Tooele. We have to cross a mountain pass to get anywhere, and we were heading down the mountain toward Dugway. I saw something on the side of the road that I could have sworn looked like a giant, ambling, spider. But that would be ridiculous, right? Still, I said, "Was that a tarantula?!"
Aaron hadn't seen what I saw, but the possibility of a giant spider drove him to turn the car around and go investigate. As we got closer we slowed down and determined that, yes, it was a giant tarantula. Aaron turned around again and pulled off the road so we could get out and get a closer look.
I had no idea that there were tarantula's here. But guess what? There are.
We let Morgan out of the car and told him we were going to look at a spider. He was excited. Then he saw how big the spider was. He was terrified. He didn't want to be anywhere near it. He was happy only when I let him back in the car where he was safe.
We'd just gone shopping and picked up some little tap light things which came in a nice, clear, plastic box with a good lid. Aaron emptied the lights and used the box to trap the tarantula.
After showing it to a suburban full of little girls who pulled over with us, we all got back into our car and headed home. ALL of us. See?

We had to keep it for a week so we'd have it when Aaron's mom came for a visit.
We fed it a moth a couple days ago and it was really cool to see it pounce on it and shove it in it's mouth.
Aaron's going to call the highschool to see if they want a mascot for their science department, otherwise we are setting it loose real soon. I won't miss it. I must admit, I'd be minding my own business, see a huge spider hanging out in my living room, and start from the surprise. I never expect it.


Megan said...

That thing is incredible! Gives me the heebie jeebies just looking at it!

Dustin and Cassie said...

GROSS! I HATE spiders and just looking at the one gives me the chills! I could never have that thing in my house!

keith and arianne said...

Oh creepy! I have to say you are a much more patient wife than I am, Keith would have been on the couch if he brought that thing home!

Martha said...

I was, just in time for Halloween! But it sounds like it might live at the high school by then.
I really enjoyed Jana's comments on facebook a few days ago. Did she really bring a baseball bat? Lol!