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Wednesday, March 5, 2008 - Rockhound State Park, Deming NM

Sepia sunrise, Rockhound State Park, Deming NM, February 17, 2008
Sepia sunrise, Rockhound State Park, Deming NM, February 17, 2008

Tomorrow I'm moving to City of Rocks State Park

New Mexico State Parks limit ones stay to 3 weeks at which time one must leave the park for 6 nights before returning. But I don't plan to return to Rockhound on this trip. Later in the month I'll be visiting friends in Las Vegas so it's time to start drifting westward again. So I'll spend a few days at City of Rocks State Park, a few miles north of Deming, New Mexico, and then move on.

Night camp

Site 28 - Rockhound State Park, Deming NM

Five Trillion Spiders

Spiders begin their hunting with a few handicaps. They're often smaller and weaker than their prey, and they have no wings to give chase in the air. Some species extend their legs by hydraulic pressure, using the same liquid that carries oxygen from their lungs, so they have a hard time running and breathing at the same time. Even their poison may be no match for their victim's: a crab spider's bite is to a honeybee's sting as "an air-gun compared with an elephant rifle," John Crompton wrote. Yet spiders kill at an astonishing pace. One Dutch researcher estimates that there are some five trillion spiders in the Netherlands alone, each of which consumes about a tenth of a gram of meat a day. Were their victims people instead of insects, they would need only three days to eat all sixteen and a half million Dutchmen.

From Spider Woman by Burkhard Bilger, The New Yorker magazine, March 5, 2007, page 69