While I was up in Oregon, I never once saw one of these terrifying bugs. Here in Northern California see these things around all the time. I personally see them most often dead in our pool but on occasion I see them alive. They are called Potato bugs. They are the most terrifying insect next to a big spider. I have had the unpleasant experience of having one on me at one point. But I came across this guy as I was on my way into my front door.
Fall is on it's way, I can feel the temperature change. It has gone from the high 90's to mid to lower 80's. Summer is on it's way out. But I'm looking forward to the season changing. The first set of rain clouds i have seen in 3 months.