Spider Love Hike

Okay Anderson "Spider" Silva is no longer the king of MMA, but the king of spiders has never been a human. Its always been the tarantula if you consider size alone. Luckily we have a member of the tarantula group right here in the bay area. And this is the only time of year one can see them walking around. Most of the year they stay in their burrows and hunt at nite. But from early September to late October they come out during the day to mate. On this trip we'll take a moderate 2 mile roundtrip hike into the lower hills of Mt. Diablo to see if we can find this Aphonopelma species. and learn about its environment and behavior. If you have 'arachnophobia' this would be a good opportunity to work on it. And if you don't, well this will be a good time to learn more. There is a $6. parking fee.

What you'll need to bring: Because of the time of year, water. 2 bottles if you need, there are water spigots at  the parking/picnic area. Nice pair of hiking shoes. A magnifying glass for extra fun.

There is no guarantee we will see spiders but the chances are better than 70%. And there are plenty of other cool things to learn about.


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  • Ramon

    Loved seeing the captive spiders and the tarantulas in the wild. Clay knows a lot of nature stuff! Good times. Would go again next year.

    October 8, 2013

    • Clay

      Thanks Ramon, always enjoy your energy on OA events.

      1 · October 9, 2013

  • Clay

    Thanks for the support guys. It means a lot. And as far as the spiders goes, someone once told me "If you're not uncomfortable you're not growing". I think you guys are growing.

    2 · October 7, 2013

    • Adeke

      Then I must have grown into a GIANT on this hike Clay!!!!

      October 7, 2013

    • Clay

      LOL!!

      October 8, 2013

  • Ms. K.

    Thanks again Clay! I had a blast! I've been bragging about my walk with danger all weekend - even though I chickened out on the spider holding. :).

    October 7, 2013

  • Christina

    Clay was awesome! Learned lots and enjoyed the group, as always. Had a wonderful time!

    October 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Well I got totally lost. Hope you all have fun. Going back home:-(..

    October 5, 2013

    • Adeke

      Ok. I got lost too. Like......really lost. And I have to admit, my "positive energy" wasn't very visible the second time we turn around. There were service issues with the phones and the addy could have been a little better....BUT shit happens. The group waited an hour after the initial start time for folks to arrive and Clay apologized profusely for any confusion. Give the guy a break.

      October 6, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Like I said, glad you all had a good time...

      October 6, 2013

  • Renee

    Wish I could've been there; unfortunately, the park is 90 minutes from San Jose. Does the same species live in the South Bay and, if so, might Clay or another OA leader host a spider hike down here?

    October 5, 2013

    • Clay

      Hi Renee, thats actually doable. I know there are populations 'down there'. We'll have to look into that for next year. Thank you

      October 5, 2013

  • Clay

    Cool Beans! Once again this OA trip was almost magical for me. The positive people came and made it flow in the right direction. People got to work on their 'arachnophobia' (someone even kinda kissed one!!) There were questions about Black widow's and scorpions. We saw spiders in the wild. And we even got to see bats and poorwills flitting about in the twilight. Big ups for Outdoor Afros!!!

    2 · October 5, 2013

  • Adeke

    This Meetup was EXCELLENT!!!! The directions......eh. We got very lost. BUT we got to drive from one end of the park to the next and Clay had the group wait for us which was very nice. I LOVE him as a leader. A wealth of knowledge!!!!!

    1 · October 5, 2013

    • Clay

      Thank you Adeke. I always enjoy your positive energy at the OA events. And that 'fro is tzight!!:)

      October 5, 2013

  • Teresa B.

    Great job Clay.

    2 · October 5, 2013

    • Adeke

      Beyond!!!!

      October 5, 2013

  • Teresa B.

    Once you drive through the entrance where u pay, keep driving forward, you will drive right into the parking lot.

    October 5, 2013

    • Christina

      Is it the first parking lot on your left after you pay?

      October 5, 2013

    • Teresa B.

      No. The next one.

      October 5, 2013

  • Christina

    We are at the south gate. Are we meeting at the north gate? Is there somewhere we can meet the group because we will be late?

    October 5, 2013

    • Macha R.

      I'm near the south gate too in the rock city live oak lot just inside the park

      October 5, 2013

    • Christina

      We're driving to the north gate. It has to be there.

      October 5, 2013

  • Teresa B.

    The directions by gps will not say "fire rd", it will just say mitchell canyon rd.

    October 5, 2013

  • Macha R.

    Which lot are we meeting in?

    October 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, I am unable to find the road 96 Mitchell Canyon Fire Road using mapquest or google maps. I receive a "we did not find the exact location you entered" I have the how to find us directions but I want to map it and can't. Any suggestions?

    October 5, 2013

  • Val

    Sorry to miss it again!

    October 5, 2013

  • Linda T.

    Sorry to cancel, however, I have a project due and I have not completed it. Have fun everyone!

    October 5, 2013

  • Clay

    Thank you Teresa, yes the park is open $6.00 to park. We didn't see any spiders walking around last trip and there is no guarantee this trip either. But the weather is glorious today so there is a much better chance. I will have some interesting things to see also; and I can pretty much guarantee we will have a good time no matter what the spiders are doing.

    October 5, 2013

  • Macha R.

    Will the park be open? The gov shutdown has closed everything, even the golden gate park website.

    October 4, 2013

    • Teresa B.

      State parks are still open.

      October 4, 2013

  • Sancia

    I'm interested. Would anyone want to carpool?

    October 3, 2013

    • Sancia

      I live in San Francisco

      October 3, 2013

  • Theresa

    Hi ALL - looking forward to this one. The rain kept me home last time.

    September 23, 2013

  • Clay

    From what I've been 'taking in' from the media, it hasn't effected the area we will be hiking in yet! I'm crossing my fingers and watching the news for the next few days. I'll also go up there this weekend and observe the damage. It should be interesting to say the least.

    September 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      That's true:-). I'm looking forward to it!

      September 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do you think the fire currently burning in the park will have an impact on whether or not we see any spiders or any other living things?

    September 9, 2013

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