Last week I was camped out in an auto shop about 100 miles north of San Francisco, getting my RV transmission rebuilt. Being stuck and cooped up was trying, to say the least. And one cold and stormy night, I had quite a fright!
It was just past seven, the air was chill and the wind howled through the metal walls of the old garage. The mechanics were working late, desperate to figure out why, even after a rebuilt transmission, my Class C RV wouldn’t shift into gear on it’s own. It was a mystery that had haunted them for days…
I was alone, inside my RV, trying to escape the pounding noise of rain and wind slamming against the metal garage roof. I was about to make dinner when suddenly, out of the corner of my eye, I saw something move. It shocked me. I was alone. Capone was fast asleep on my bed in the back. What could be moving inside my RV?
I took a closer look: a ginormous black blob was creeping across the curtain rod in my seating area. Earlier when I was in the waiting room of the garage, I’d seen a mouse scurry across the floor, so my first thought was: Mouse!
I gingerly inched closer to my curtain: Ho-oly Shit! What the f****???
I turned around and bolted out of the RV and into the garage yelling, “Guys?!?! Not to be a total girl, but um… you have to see this spider!”
They smirked and gave each other “that look”: the knowing, smug look that rugged mechanic-dudes give each other when a girl screams about a little spider.
Dave, the owner of the shop, dropped his wrench, and trying his best to not sound condescending, but not quite pulling off, said, “OK, let’s take a look..” He stepped up into my RV and I stood back, keeping a healthy distance in case this crazy alien spider decided to jump and attack. I pointed toward my curtain, “Look at THAT!” I blurted with a mixture of fear and awe.
He spotted the gargantuan, creepy crawly, monster of a spider right away and gasped. “Ho-oly shit!” And he yelled to his friend still in the garage, “Norm, you have to see this!” Yep – he knew he was going to need backup to take care of this monster!
Norm stepped into the rig. Dave and I were keeping a healthy distance and shoved our fingers out in the direction of the intruder, “What the …….?!? What the hell is that??” He cried in disbelief.
I felt vindicated. Ha, I’m not such a squeamish girl after all, am I?
They got a pair of vice-scrips to gently pull the colossal spider out from behind the curtain, where she’d ducked to try to hide from our probing eyes. In the process of extracting her we realized the creepy bumps all over her back were dozens of tiny baby spiders that fell off and went scrambling all over my curtain when they probed and prodded her.
Once they had her safely captured inside a Tupperware bowl I shook out my curtain, but it didn’t prevent me from having the heebie jeebies for days. Holy cow! I’m a backpacker- I live in an RV in the woods, critters and insects are part of life, but THIS thing was beyond “normal”.
Dave and Norm put the bowl on the service manager’s desk as a nice surprise to start his day. And as I sat in the waiting room the next day I got to listen as he grossed out every customer he showed her to. It was good to know I wasn’t just being wimpy!
The next day Brent, the manager set her free in the field across the street. I was glad we saved her and I hope she’s somewhere safe. But I hope I never run into one of those again!
I did a Google search and it looks like she was a Wolf Spider. They’re pretty common and they can bite, but aren’t poisonous. All I know is if I’d woken up and found that thing crawling on me, I’d have died of a heart attack!
What’s the scariest, ugliest or creepiest thing you’ve ever run across in your RV adventures?