1.24.2007

I Was So Proud Of Myself That Night

After a long, gorgeous day of riding, I pulled into a state campground on the shores of Lake Erie just as dusk was falling and the collecting rain clouds were deciding if they would unleash themselves or not. The park cop told me I was welcome to spend the night in the laundry room since I didn't have a tent, and I thanked him, thinking that sounded like a nice plan.

I parked the Vespa at the campsite I had paid for - a lovely spot, the only site with a tree - then walked down to the laundry room to check it out. It was home to a terrifying mass of the largest spiders I have ever seen. I will ride a Vespa across the country but I will not sleep with giant spiders. I returned to my picnic table and my tree and decided to make a shelter. It was dark at this point, so I tucked my mini maglite into my bra strap and set to work.

I tied the rope I had brought (because you're supposed to bring rope on trips like these) to two branches of the tree and stretched it diagonally above the picnic table, which was too heavy to move. I draped my tarp over the taut rope and used hair rubberbands to secure it in place, and with that, created a funky shelter. I avoided the spiders, though several moths flew down my shirt, attracted to the flashlight in my bra.

3 comments:

Pamela S.F. said...

ROTFL!!!!

I am the same way... I can handle just about anything, not afraid of the dark.. big dogs don't scare me (I grew up with Rottweilers, after that, not much is scary in dog world), I adore snakes and kept them as pets, but spiders - creatures of evil incarnate. My husband knows that if I am yelling KILL IT!! to come with a slipper. I wouldn't even have gone IN that room.

I'm glad I'm not the only woman who stuffs her flashlight in her bra when her hands are full... The moths make you a little exasperated though don't they?

Hair ties - the next best thing to duct tape. Where did you pack your duct tape? You didn't actually travel WITHOUT it did you? Horrors...

BTW - all spiders found in a house must be killed, you see, if you don't they go back outside and tell all their friends where the secret spider entrance is and then you have more, so therfore, the policy of "I can't tell you or I'd have to kill you" applies when they get inside...

Libba Roberts said...
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