Looking at it now, that thing is not photogenic. In real life, though, it was pretty cool. We were just leaving Red Rock State Park when we saw a critter perambulating across the road in front of our van. It was this large and hairy specimen of ickiness, clearly visible from 20 feet away. We pulled over and took photos, which was also interesting: One of the kids used a flash, and the spider froze and arched its rear up. Apparently they shoot web as a defensive strategy. To my disappointment, none of the kids got the Spiderman treatment, though. That would have been cool.
Our oldest went on an early morning bird-watching/nature hike at the park another day. Way less cool was the ranger’s story of a tarantula that got in his house. When he went to catch it, apparently it decided on the full-speed escape approach instead of the sit-there-and-prepare-to-fire approach.
Which is why I will never live in the south.