Crooked River State Park Bike Ride
Trip Start Nov 22, 2007
55Trip End Dec 01, 2008
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We took a couple of different trails, and snapped a few photos. This day marked my first encounter with a banana spider. Bob is fascinated by the creatures, but for those of you who know me, spiders are my main phobia. I am relatively fearless of all creatures from 0 thru 4 legs, but over 4 legs, and I get a bit uncomfortable. Well, this thing was HUGE! Big rectangular body and square head, and of course, those beady eyes; long legs with hairy knees
The other pictures are views from the miles of trails we rode. It was a very nice day with perfect 75 degree weather. Later that evening when we were back at our campsite, we were checking out the dark night sky and the bright stars. The night sky is so different when you are far away from the city lights that diffuse the brilliance of the stars and planets. Well, we heard a rustling, and Bob shined his flash light on the trail and there was an animal that we both thought at first was a possum. We realized it was actually an armadillo, which are quite common throughout the south. I always connected them with Texas (the Texas "speed bumps" as they are called there), and had never seen one in nature before. We both expected it to be a sluggish creature, associating them with possum, obviously a misconception! When we approached this guy to get a closer look, he shot off like Speedy Gonzales
Later on when we were sitting by the campfire recounting the day, we heard a loud rustling in the bushes. We figured from how loud it was it must be a wild boar or a deer, or maybe even a small bear! We got the flashlight and stalked the noise-this time we caught it right in the spotlight, just a few yards away. It turned out to be another armadillo! These are not stealthy animals; they make so much noise, you would think it was a deer or boar or bear instead of a 10 pound animal. We got a really good look at it this time--these are some strange looking creatures. It dove back into the brush and we could hear it making its way through the ground cover. We went back to fireside as another lovely day ended in paradise.