Saturday, March 10, 2007

scorpion


as you may know, i've been in tucson, AZ for the past week. and have spent much of my time hiking in the mountains. well, as it is our last night here, i was packing my clothes into my backpack and apparently brought something back from the mountains with me. i was rolling up a shirt and as i shoved it into my pack, this crawled out. also, if you didn't know, im staying in a condo with my wife and her grandma, aunt and cousins. im the only guy here with five girls. i wanted to be discreet about catching it and letting it go outside, but i needed something to put it in and did not want to lose sight of it. so, i had to yell to stacey in the other room to bring me a cup and a cover. then, everybody came in my room to see what is up. thats when i caught it, and let it loose outside, after everybody saw it. i wonder how the girls will sleep tonight...

p.s. grandma troost did a little research on this scorpion and what she found is here. in case you don't read it, here's what you missed:

"It is the most dangerous scorpion in Arizona. The sting of this scorpion can be fatal to humans, mainly infants and small children, so it is important to be careful when picking up firewood or rocks. During the past century, the sting of this scorpion has killed more people in Arizona than all types of poisonous snakes combined."

sleep well.
jason

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

that is so amazing that that thing climbed in you pack. I just read an article where a man on a plane felt a sting on his leg and when he looked down there was a scorpion,so I can see how it can happen. The only thing worse would be a snake...... BB

Kate Tuinstra said...

Today, a guy at the pool said his wife got stung last year, and her whole arm went numb for a day! They said the Scorpian was just crawling up the wall of the condo, and the woman went to squish it with a tissue and it stung her...
Good thing you got it out safe!!

stacey said...

I felt thing crawling up my legs all night after that...thank you very much Jason. I did not sleep well. even now that we are home in the good ole U.P. every once in a while i think there is something crawling on my leg. Gross.

Linda said...

I am not too girly when it comes to being scared of critters, but I tell you what, if I found that in my pack, I would seriously be screaming!!! Eeks! Here's to not sleeping well for a couple of nights!