Saturday, May 15, 2010

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Yeah. Serious spider. Big as my hand. Should've put my hand near it for scale but...that would mean putting my hand near it. Found along a trail in the mountains near Chiang Mai. After settling in for an extended stay in the old walled city of northern Thailand, we embarked on a three-day guided trek through scrubby, late dry-season terrain. It was a blast. The trails followed the tops of long ridges and dropped down into valleys that were a bit more leafy and cool.

And we faced other monsters along the way.

Yeah. Cone-making wasps. They didn't bother us, but they did all kinds of freaking me out.

This is not a monster, it's our guide July. Not his real name, surely - and I think our other guide Jungle Man was using a pseudonym, too. He's doing a magic trick with that plant that didn't really get captured in the pic. It's a latex-producing plant that you can break the stem and blow on - to make bubbles. Totally cool trail entertainment.

July later got really drunk on rice whiskey and talked about how he worked for the Thai army killing drug dealers along the border with Burma.


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You sure have a talent for picking out the things I'd want to stay way far away from! Spiders the size of your hand? Crossing that location off my list! ...unless you move there and, well...I'd go halfway around the world or farther to see you! xxoo Mum PS spiders are nothing to me compared to the dreaded SNAKES!

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PS. Your mum checks your blog too! That's so sweet. :p Mine just writes things like "Ashlee, please don't swear, I raised you better than that" or "I don't like you being in Aceh, please go somewhere with more Australians, like Bali."

Happy travels!

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