We stayed in Atlanta State Park Tuesday evening and, while beautiful, it was also home to an innumerable amount of spiders. We arrived early in the day and set up camp. The restrooms, and showers in particular, were filled with spiders. We're assuming they were Daddy long legs
and were the biggest ones we had ever seen. Their bodies were the size of dimes-quarters and their legs spread out to the size of a mugs footprint. As evening approached, Tom started to build a fire from gathered firewood. While picking up another twig to throw on the fire, he yelled in pain and grasped at his hand. He had unintentionally grabbed a buck moth caterpillar
and said the pain was absolutely excruciating.
The pain slowly subsided as the night went on and his fingers are still a little sore days later. After putting out the fire and heading to the tent, we found that the tent was covered from top to bottom in spiders; hidden around the door, all over the raincover, under the raincover, under the tent, etc. Without a doubt, the worst part of this was that our tent has a primarily screen/mesh top that you can see through as you lay down and look up. Every time we would wake throughout the night and look up, there were at least 50-60 spiders sitting on the mesh.
Needless to say, we packed up early in the morning and left Atlanta State Park for Livingston State Park. Along the way we stopped in at a Waffle House, a first, and most likely last, for both of us. Tom said that it was some of the greasiest food he's ever had. Christine mentioned that there was much for her to eat, and what there was, wasn't very good. We arrived in Livingston in the early afternoon, set up camp, and both took much needed showers after having no shower facilities for 2 days in Arkansas, and spider infested showers in Atlanta. After getting cleaned up, we made a delicious pasta dinner and watched the sunset over Lake Livingston. Fortunately, there were no spiders through the night and we had extra time to organize the car. We've finally perfected our system of keeping the car and gear organized and can quickly set up and take down camp.
We are currently in Houston and are staying with Tom's Cousin, Kate. Kate and her roommate Killian took us to a really nice indoor/outdoor bar/restaurant near downtown houston that had specialized burgers and beers for all tastes called Onion Creek. It was a nice change of pace to sleep on a comfy sofa as opposed to our sleeping mats and floaty toys. The weather in Houston is beautiful and Kate seems to have a number of activities in store for us this weekend. We will soon be visiting family in San Antonio and Mark in Austin.
Tom and Christine
PostScript: We know we've promised pictures but we're still having technical difficulties. Hopefully we'll be able to use Kates or Marks computer sometime soon to get them all up.
Total Miles Driven: ~1800 miles
Altitude: ~50 feet
Weather: 82 and overcast
We've arrived in Texas, and after a quick visit to Texarkana, we moved along to Atlanta State Park.