I planned for all of them (except Uncle Jesse) yet nothing could have prepared me for what I awoke to yesterday morning. It started out with a spider in the bathroom sink. Sleepy eyed I thought nothing of it at first but upon closer inspection, I realized it was none other than a brown recluse staring up at me.
Now I've watched enough Discovery Channel to know that these spiders didn't just come by their common name accidentally and that made me curious so I began pulling out furniture in the guest house we were staying at. I can't remember much between that and the horrifying reality that came shortly afterwards - we had slept in a place infested with one of North America's most deadliest creatures.
I found them on the shower curtain, in the kitchen cabinets, and a nest with babies behind one of the couches; some I captured in a plastic container and photographed above. It was like a real life version of the movie Arachnophobia. For those who lack familiarity with the brown recluse, they're also called fiddleback spiders because they are readily identified by the 'violin' shaped dark pattern on their cephalothorax.