Andy and Spence spent time up on the road directing people to park in horse-camp day-use lot today. I was still not confident to leave the motorhome (but I am slowly getting better). I did get dressed today, though. Day visitors were arriving in droves to have a picnic or to hike up to the Midnight Hole. Many of them walk up the trail by our host site. Today, two families stopped to look at the butterfly on the huge log that serves as our fence. I decided to go have a look.
She is a Promethea Moth on a mossy rock under the edge of the log. The National Park Service web site says the females are active at night and the males are active in the afternoon. I am thrilled to add her to my photo collection.
We have talked it over with each other and Boss Larry, and have decided to leave Big Creek early this year. Larry said Clyde and Debbie, the hosts at Cosby, are happy to move here for June. That was fast. I hope to be cured of this nasty bug in a few more days and be able to drive without making emergency roadside stops. We plan to leave on June 6. We are returning next year. I am disappointed, but think it is for the best. We need to spend a little more time with family. Of course, I had planned for THE BOOK to be published in March and to promote it to regional bookstores while we were in the mountains. That hasn’t happened and isn’t going to happen. I’ll just have to set my sights on next year.
Stay tuned. We do have some more national park visits planned for later in the summer.
She’s very pretty. Enjoy your travels!
She is pretty and has a lovely personality to match.
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Oh, Dinata, you really have been going through the wars… Hopefully, all this will be behind you soon. And the book WILL get published. Unfortunately, patience is required for all things in life – don’t I know it…
Actually, maybe this bug is good for the book. Since I have been getting better, I’ve spent days at the computer reading, rewriting, and reducing the length of the book. I just sent it back to the publisher/editor yesterday. I may be getting close.
There’s always a silver lining! Keep going!
Nice moth! We once had a ginormous moth on our screen, which I also thought was a butterfly. Nice to know the name.
Thank you. I like to use Google images to look up animals and plants. This one was easy because it is distinctive. I just type in a description and scroll through the images until I find the one that looks like my picture. It works a lot of the time.
She’s a beautiful moth and you captured her perfectly. I imagine you’re very disappointed to be leaving Big Creek early, but your health comes first. I know you’ll also be disappointed in having to leave the publication of your book for a while, but remember it gives you more time to make it extra special and perfect.