Saw my first tarantula up close. I’ve seen them on the road before but never in camp. This one was about half-size (juvenile?) and had striking coloration. Its body and legs were black and furry, and abdomen covered in rich brown hairs. Some quick googling suggests it might be a male Aphonopelma vorhiesi, the Tucson Bronze Tarantula. Females are move evenly colored light brown.
I also saw a baby walking stick, about 1/4” long. I saw a full-size one in this area during the monsoon season.
baking acorn squash in the crockpot
I picked up up on a grocery run and decided I’d either find a crockpot recipe for them or be the first to try it. :-) Turns out there were several recipes, and it turned out well. Both texture and flavor were excellent. details here
I stacked them in the 2qt crock since it could get it done on 95w on HI while the big 4qt requires 190w. I use the bigger one when I need more capacity, as for lasagna, meat loaf, baked veggies with meat, etc.
It’s started raining again and temps have been dropping into the 40s at night.
The tallest mountain from this site is Humphreys Peak at 12,637ft. A bit surprising to me, it’s also the highest elevation in Arizona.
It’s a little hard to see, but it’s the peak hiding behind the foreground mountains.
The current campsite is ~6,500ft. If we use the standard 3.5F/1,000ft rule temps up there are already below freezing at night. That explains the snow.
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