When we went on our trip this summer, we stopped in Kentucky - literally in the middle of nowhere - a friend has some property that's somewhat remote; the best way to describe where it is would be:
- drive down the highway (markings on the road)
- turn off the highway onto a country road (no markings but there's civilization)
- turn off the country road onto a gravel road (it's not a driveway!) - no houses - but there are barns... keep going for a few miles
- turn off the gravel road onto a dirt road (cows - birds - but not even barns)
- drive through a creek (I'm not kidding) - this is where we parked our car and joined my friends in their big van - the rental we had wouldn't go through a creek!
- turn off the dirt road (again, I'm not kidding) into a FIELD!
- drive through the field to a gate, stop, open it, drive through, close it to keep the cattle in, and keep going
- repeat number 7 two more times -
- drive a little longer - and round the bend to a dirt "pull off" - driveway spot... drive down the dirt - then gravel driveway to the picnic table and swing - we have arrived!
We had a wonderful picnic here of fried chicken and peach cobbler - it was good to hang out with my mom and these family friends - this is their property - acre after acre of untouched land. we went on a walk (about 1/2 mile) through the woods - through a dry creek, up and around a lake (which was also dry) and as we were rounding the bend back to where the van was, Gregg found a turtle shell!
I wanted to document this occasion, so I took a photo of him holding the shell - Gregg had been amazed at the bones that were laying around - from animals that had been eaten - this one was cool and our friends gave it to us to take home. We wrapped it up in tin foil to keep it protected and packed it in our suitcase for the long trip back to CA.
For Halloween, I sat it out with some other decorations - a cast "baby head", and a snow globe with a skull and a spider figurine in it... it was my "spooky display"
SO... here's the good part. On Friday, I went into the office to check my email and when I did, I saw a black shiny spider in the middle of the web - about 2" across (leg to leg) - and I thought - wow that's a big spider! I got a bit closer to look at it, and the survival classes I had kicked into gear: