Why yes! I have a post for you. While I'm sure this is not remotely what you were looking for when you googled the above phrase and landed on my blog, I do have a story to tell. I'm sure you'll find it intriguing, provided you enjoy a good skin-crawling-ooh that's disgusting-truth-is-stranger-than-fiction story involving arachnids and insects.
The trip is not a disappointment, provided you understand you will not be climbing up into the dwelling. Its worth seeing, make it a side trip on your way to doing something else. The country is beautiful, its worth the drive.
That said...we had a little bonus siting the day we visited. See the picture above? This is a "Tarantula Hawk" (thank you google images for this picture.) I think its rather beautiful myself. What this insect does however, can be called nothing other than horrifying. Its the stuff horror movies are made of! Think hairy spiders, paralyzing venom, kidnapping, egg-laying, being eaten alive by hatchlings. These are the kinds of things put in movies to terrify people. These are the kinds of things that are in movies I don't watch. We had the privilege of seeing one of these do its thing in the parking lot at Montezuma's Castle. The tarantula hawk had found its prey, one of these adorable creatures---------->
The tarantula hawk had found its prey, a nice hairy, rather large tarantula (did you know tarantulas don't really like to bite you, and if you do, its a lot like a bee-sting and shouldn't really be any big deal? Tarantula's are nothing to be scared of). He injected the tarantula with a venom which would paralyze the spider completely. Once the people cleared away and gave the poor hawk a moment to get its work done, his plan was to drag that spider to his den of iniquity where he would fertilize the eggs of his mate, and she, wanting healthy, well-fed baby-hawks, would lay her eggs inside the LIVE tarantula. The tarantula would be kept alive as the embryos developed and eventually became baby tarantula hawks. The babies would eat the live spider from the inside out, making their arrival into the world complete.
How's THAT for a Scary Halloween story? If only I could make this stuff up, but no. Its TRUE. And it was really cool to get to see this underside of nature in action.