As we hiked the Devil's Hall trail at Guadalupe National Park, we were enjoying the peace. Soaking in the beauty. Then we encountered a wild aggressive beast. And yes, I screamed like a little girl.
This is the scary beast.
Scolopendra heros. Also known as the Giant Red-Headed Centipede. And let me tell you he is a scary, scary beast!!!
I spotted him beside the trail. We stopped to look at him and to take some pics. Vol Fan used his hiking pole to try to move him into the open a little better. And that pissed him off to no end! He ran out of the grass at the speed of light, reared up on his back 14ish legs, and proceeded to lunge repeatedly at the hiking pole! It was the scariest bug I have ever encountered!
Vol Fan asked why I was so scared - all I had to do was step on it. Seriously?!? I couldn't begin to imagine stepping on that thing. It would open its bug jaws and swallow me whole!!
Later I told Vol Fan that I would love to be able to draw. If I could, I would draw a cartoon - Sancho the Centipede. He would be wearing a giant sombrero and have a huge handlebar moustache. He would be reared up on his back legs. On each set of front legs, he would be armed with pistols and have bandoliers crossing his chest. The Adventures of Sancho the Centipede. I think it could be a hit!