We made it. The car traveled nearly two weeks across 17 states to reach our final destination. Although there were tears in my eyes as we approached Denver, I'm excited to have safely arrived with @j.asco as he starts a new chapter of his life out here in the mountains.
Both of us got our film developed and can't wait to share photos of yet another beautiful #roadtrip across America. Be sure to follow #npswithkat to see the @nationalparkservice, @u.s.forestservice, and @mypubliclands spots we checked off the list.
It’s #Saturday , which means its time for another addition of #spidersaturday !
I’m pretty excited about this one. It’s the first tarantula either M or I have ever seen in the wild! This particular species pictured here is a desert tarantula (Aphonopelma chalcodes) and is a fairly common sight in this part of Colorado.
These spiders live in burrows they dig in the well-draining soils of southwestern Colorado. The burrows are enlarged as the spider grows. Female individuals of this species can live up to 20 years. The males don’t reach sexual maturity until they are 10-12 years old. Once they reach sexual maturity they leave their dens in search of a mate.
Like most spiders, they are venomous, but the venom isn’t very harmful to humans. The pain is compared to that of a bee sting. What’s more likely to cause problems is their hair.
As a defense, tarantulas often flick hair off of their abdomen, into the eyes and face, or body part of a potential predator. These hairs become imbedded in the skin due to reverse barb-like ends and become very difficult to remove.
This little spider didn’t bother us at all, though! And that’s the way the vast majority of spider encounters will be. Spiders aren’t out to get you, they are scared of you! #savethespiders
The entrance to peekaboo...it doesn't look that impressive in a photo but when you're 5 foot nothing and not a climber, 15 feet is something. The initial couple climbs were so much harder than I expected and took skills I've never really used before. So fun! And thankful for my trail friends Leslie and Levi who cheered me on and gave me an extra boost here and there.
Our public lands. The lands where all of mine and your adventures happen. It's #publiclandsday and it's crucial to raise awareness on this issue and make sure that our public lands do not get disposed to state governments and private entities that have the power to exploit these lands and turn them into private real estate. Let's make sure #publiclands always belong to the public...we the people! 🌲🏔🇺🇸 #blmland#nps#getoutside#nationalpubliclandsday