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Day 92: Straight Out of a Horror Film

Day 92:  Not Happy With What I Saw

Day 92: Not Happy With What I Saw

There are some things about Australia that I can’t quite handle on a regular basis. One such thing is also the reason I will never, ever, ever, EVER leave the windows down in a car in this country when I’m not driving.

We got a little reminder of that reason last night when we were driving the car home from the station (yes, we’re that lazy sometimes).

All of a sudden, in the darkness while at a stoplight, Pat tells me to look at his window, so I do, but this is what we saw:

window spider 1

If you’re thinking those look like the huge, giant legs of a massive spider, you would be absolutely correct!

We reassure ourselves that the spider is on the outside of the vehicle, and our windows are closed, but that still doesn’t make it easier to deal with how big and creepy it is. We drive the next block to home with the spider on the window until all of a sudden it disappears.

“Oh crap! Where did it go?!” I interject.

Just as soon as I ask the question, it is answered when I turn my head to my window and see it spread out in full view:

window spider 2

How it got there so fast, I am not sure; it was straight out of a horror film to us both. Or maybe there were more than one of those bad boys hanging out on the car last night. I didn’t want to think about it.

I was more concerned with how I was going to get out of the car as we were just pulling into our parking spot at home.

Since it was still on my window, Pat got out and took the camera to catch the following photos, but also shoo the spider out of my exit area.

car spider 1

car spider 2

This is a Huntsman spider: It does no harm to people, but they are massive and massively ugly. We get them in our apartment from time to time; they especially like our bathroom. They are a part of Australia I will never get used to!


After I posted this, Pat and I went out in the car and guess who’s back…

return of the spider 1


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25 Responses to Day 92: Straight Out of a Horror Film

  1. Alouise April 3, 2011 at 12:07 pm #

    Spiders don’t usually freak me out, but i think that one might. That thing looks pretty big.

  2. Michelle April 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Spiders for me are like snakes for Indiana Jones. They give me the heebies just in photos.Even my encounter with a scorpion in a New Mexico rest stop bathroom didn’t freak me out as much as seeing a spider.

    • Brooke April 3, 2011 at 10:24 pm #

      Same for me sister! Spiders are my true weakness.

  3. Stephanie April 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    NO no NO NOT OKAY.Thank goodness I never saw one of those when I was down under a few months ago. Thanks for reminding me why I can’t live in Australia.

  4. Jessalyn April 3, 2011 at 2:49 pm #

    Ack, not cool! Is your heart rate back to normal yet? I’m not sure mine would be…

  5. Bethany April 3, 2011 at 4:31 pm #

    Wow that is a big spider! I like spiders and I still would’ve screamed if I saw that one! It’s not that I like spiders per se, it’s just that Charlotte’s Web had a huge influence on me as a kid. I think of them all like the spider in that book and I want them to live and see their babies grow up… i know strange.

  6. Anil April 3, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    He seems to like you guys. Too bad it’s not a koala or something not quite as terrifying. Also, thank you for teaching me never to use windows in Australia ever 🙂

    • Brooke April 3, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

      Haha! I know, so scary. If we had cracked the windows, I’m sure there would have been some swerving action going on in the road. I’ve actually heard that there are quite a few accidents in Oz that are blamed on creepy crawlies in the vehicle… although I have no proof to back that up. After last night, I wouldn’t doubt it!

  7. Odysseus April 3, 2011 at 10:29 pm #


  8. Annie April 4, 2011 at 6:54 am #

    It makes me want to vomit. Seriously, I HATE spiders. Hate, hate, hate. It’s not so much fear as pure nausea. Something to look forward too when I get back to Oz!!

  9. Lauren April 4, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    WOW! That is absolutely terrifying!! Spiders are the one thing that make me most anxious about going to Australia… Even tiny ones scare me!

  10. Talon (@1Dad1Kid) April 4, 2011 at 10:15 am #

    Ok that’s nasty. What did you finally do with it?

    • Brooke April 4, 2011 at 10:26 am #

      Pat was able to swipe it off with his shoe when we got to his parents’ place… hopefully it was the only one on the car. eek

      The bad part is that — while we were driving — we saw it running circles around the car… and hiding under the door handles.

  11. Candice April 4, 2011 at 1:13 pm #


  12. Erica April 4, 2011 at 5:01 pm #

    I think this is why people joke about everything in Australia trying to kill you. That thing is MASSIVE.

  13. Tijmen April 4, 2011 at 6:04 pm #

    haha, yeah the spiders can be a bit big over there 🙂 Seen more then enough of them, I worked on a vineryard in Mildura for 3 months where they had this carton boxes on the ground that we had to cut open. Turned out that those boxes where also the homes of spiders, and sometimes big huntsman spiders as well. Once in a while you heard a loud scream of a backpacker who got a huntsman on his legs or arms 🙂

  14. cailin April 4, 2011 at 8:04 pm #

    when I was on a farm near Rockhampton I saw a massive massive tarantuala looking spider and freaked out!!

  15. Amanda April 5, 2011 at 8:31 am #

    Ick! Not cool. This is the kind of spider my mother has nightmares about. She (quite literally) wakes up screaming. *Shudder.*

  16. Ted Nelson April 5, 2011 at 11:23 am #

    As much as I love to camp and the outdoors spiders are one thing I will never get used to either. I can handle snakes and any other insects, but spiders (especially big ones) creep me out.

  17. Dave April 5, 2011 at 11:37 am #

    Awww it’s just a harmless huntsman. I’ll admit, they do look scary, but they are pretty harmless really.

    • Brooke April 5, 2011 at 12:10 pm #

      Harmless or not, they are not something I’d want crawling around on me, or near me… 😉

  18. Katherina April 6, 2011 at 9:27 pm #

    aaargh! I’m going to have nightmares with this!!

  19. Melissa April 9, 2011 at 9:13 am #

    I had my first Huntsman experience while going for a pee in a chemical toilet while camping somewhere i shouldn’t have been camping (there were signs saying No Camping). Needless to say I didn’t notice the bugger sitting on the wall until I was mid-pee, the light on my iPhone was shining up on the wall and it was one of the most horrifying things I’ve had to endure while in Australia!


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