Mesa Verde & the Attack of the Pterodactyl Moth

Trip Start Jul 17, 2012
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Trip End Jul 31, 2012


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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

We worked until just after midnight last night – the curse of the travel planner: work all day gathering data, then work all night to record it. Lights went out around 12.15 am. Next thing I knew, there was a fluttering noise over again the wall near the desk where our electronic gear was plugged in. I retrieved my trusty cell phone with its built-in flashlight and shone the light on very stout-looking moth. No idea how he got in, but apparently, once in, he was attracted by the light of our charging devices. 

I grabbed a shirt from my laundry bag and took a swat at him. My right shoulder has been gimpy and I didn't connect directly, and hurt my right shoulder in the process. The moth was unphased – rock solid. Scott came to the rescue and took a towel from the bathroom to swing at him. He wailed on him once or twice, but didn't hit squarely either and the moth took to flight, zooming back and forth across the room like some prehistoric flying bird - a mini-pterodactyl!

He was thick and heavy – nothing dainty and no silky winged butterfly here. Scott hopped up on the bed and chased him around for a few minutes, ducking and weaving like Mohammed Ali as the moth zipped around the room like an errant balloon. 

Finally after landing a killer blow in the curtain, and tearing it away from the rod in the process, Scott winged the moth. He was down, but now out, hiding on the floor under my excess pillows (we each have 5 in this room). I moved in for the kill with my sandal. Even with my left hand, with concentrated effort, I managed to land the knockout punch. We buried him with a couple kleenexes in the trash can, and retired again, dreaming about pterodactyls and our visit to ancient Mesa Verde today.

In spite of the midnight drama, we woke refreshed and had an outstanding day modifying our walk in Mesa Verde National Park. Hope you enjoy the photos!
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Andrea on

Mesa Verde is my favorite National Park! This looks like a wonderful trip.

friesendm
friesendm on

Shaping up to be one of our best, Andrea! Scott and I were both commenting yesterday as we drove into the expansive San Luis Valley - at 7500 feet above sea level - that it has amazing diversity and is in our top tier.

Diane Hildebrand on

Ah, you brave boys. That must have been a terryfying 2 minutes. And I can visualize it - that's the scary part. LOL

friesendm
friesendm on

All in the line of duty!

muhlis eso on

aku mencari teman sejarawan karna aku suda membuat salah satu swadaya pemerhati museum mini perang dunia kedua di kabupaten pulau morotai .rumahku kujadikan museum mini .didalam rumahku tersimpan ,tertata peralatan perang dunia kedua

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