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  •  When we first moved to AZ and were building (3+ / 0-)

    our house, I fell into a manzinita (sp?) bush that was sheltering dried out tumbleweeds.  For a couple minutes I thought it would be less painful if I just laid there until I died. Then I saw a huge tarantula clomping my way.

    The moral of this story is that we shoulda stayed in Seattle.  

    •  That was an Arizona welcome. (2+ / 0-)
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      foresterbob, cactusgal

      Your story made me laugh although I wouldn't wish that on anyone. I learned do not hike wearing shorts in AZ. No matter how careful I was my legs looked like I was in a cat fight. Once hiking on a steep single trail, I discovered that dry oak leaves piled up on the trail is dangerous. Like shoots and ladders, I slid right into a agave. It wasn't pretty. That is the thing about AZ almost everything stings, bites or pokes.

      •  Ain't it the truth! (0+ / 0-)

        We've got agaves around our yard, and I've jabbed myself plenty of times.  Those things are killers.  Also been stung by a scorpion and had encounters with 2 rattlesnakes.  

        Still and all, the scariest, most poisonous things in Arizona are Jan Brewer & Joe Arpaio.

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