Tag Archives: millipedes

Feet

More millipedes, six inches long and shiny as mahogany fiddles. They look like little trains, like the Coast Starlight trucking along.┬áMany wide holes of what Jan calls “evening ants.” If you poke in a stick and bring an ant up into the sun, instantly it dies. Each hole is surrounded by a spread of tiny discarded juniper twigs.

Clear bear tracks in the damp sand of the water chute.

Best of all, near the end of the long day and worn out: four adults lying on their bellies on the sandstone, watching a millipede poop.

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Little, Big

Late summer, hiking on the syncline: dozens of millipedes, the color of polished violins, in frantic, foot-waving travel. Next spring we’ll find their husks, curled in tight spirals and weathered white as chalk.

On the road out we were passed by an enormous RV. From a distance its size-to-speed ratio was exactly that of a millipede.

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