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Fool Hollow State Park — Show Low, AZ

We Found a Tarantula (~ 2-3 in)

We Found a Tarantula (~ 2-3 in)

After an overnight stay at Gallup, NM, it was on to Arizona, and Jan did the driving again. God Bless her. The drive to Fool Hollow State Park in Show Low, AZ was about the same distance as yesterday.

We’re at about the same elevation as Gallup, NM (6400 feet), so the nights are cold — in the mid-20’s.

Now we get the whole temperature/elevation thing — the higher up you go, the colder it gets. Our next stop after Show Low, is Tucson, AZ which is only about 2600 feet above sea level — much lower and much warmer at night (mid-50s instead of mid-20s).

Our Winter destination, Lake Havasu City, AZ, is only 735 feet above sea level. We’ll get there November 1st.

Some Show Low photos . . .

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NEXT STOP: Catalina State Park near Tucson,AZ.

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  1. khughes14@wi.rr.com #

    Looks like a very lovely place where you’re camped. Bet you were thrilled by the tarantulas……..don’t pet them. Way to go, driver Jan. Don’t you love the name of some of those places you have stayed? What the heck is Fool Hollow all about? Don’t you wonder? Just to remind you of what you’ve left behind: It may snow here (flurries and such) on Saturday; the daily high temps are getting lower and lower; Canadians keep sending us their confounded wind. Keep enjoying your travels; I love hearing about them. Kath

    October 17, 2013
  2. Jan #

    We looked up “tarantulas in Arizona” and found out that this was probably a male tarantula after it’s last molting (note the near black color), and that since they had a good rain here recently, he was probably out looking for the den of a larger and more long-lived female. They are usually nocturnal! Oh, key to our comfort level is the fact that they aren’t harmful to people or dogs! Love this place! Flirt’s nose is working overtime with all the new smells. We just have to keep her away fro exploring creature dens and putting that nose where it could get nipped!

    October 17, 2013

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