Ah - Creature encounters - Did you all know that I have a fear of spiders? Not the typical fear - but a real big fear of them. So, as we are going through the booth I can see that there are "Trained individuals" who are showing off these (Very Scary) things.
And yet - as we are going along we get to the spider - the Tarantella - And Aspen says that she is not going to do it. I know what needs to be done but I am terrified - I say. "I'll do it if you do it." And naturally, they can't believe it. So - I talk to the handler who explains that I won't even be able to feel "Her" - I put my hands under his and stare right at him and before I know it he's taking my picture. (And I am holding a giant spider). I didn't look down - it was creepy! But I made it through!
Now, don't think that just because I let this guy drop a giant (fuzzy) arachnid into the palms of my hands that I am suddenly going to start adoring the house spider - I am not - they will still die! (And probably in a violent manner with my vacuum attachment) - But, I can at least mark this one thing off of my "bucket list" - Though, not that it was ever really ON my bucket list, but I'll put it on there as a bonus item, right? - Everyone likes a bonus item!