Big Tarantula-Like Spider Found in Santa Rosa, CA

This is the biggest spider I’ve ever seen in Northern California.  It is somewhere between brown and gray.  The tips of its legs are a lighter color – almost orange.  It appears to only have two eyes. It’s legs are a little hairy.  It’s abdomen is not hairy as much as velvety or felt-like.  It has the basic body-shape of a classic ‘tarantula,’ but I have no idea what it is.

Do you know what this thing is?  Did you find a similar one?  If so, please comment.

It’s frustrating that google results for searches related to this totally fail.  There seems to be no comprehensive online resource for identifying bugs. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to identify bugs with the internet and gotten nowhere.  So far, it just can’t be done I guess.