Maybe a leopard or sphinx moth? This guy was as long as a quarter with no antennae. Even the legs have stripes, pretty cool!
We rarely see them on our property. During the month of May they are fairly common in the national forest. We found this one walking across the driveway in November and decided to keep him and release him in May as he would be unlikely to survive over the winter. His name is Terry the Tarantula, he was a fun pet for awhile but seemed quite happy when we released him back to the wild.
Our 2.5 acres sits on a hill but most of the property, while sloped, is great for exploring. We just started making some trails and hope to eventually add some picnic areas and a big fire pit. The picture on the left is the trail we made which starts at the lower deck. The picture on the right is halfway down the property and is a deer trail. We often see fresh poop but rarely are we quiet enough to see the deer.
At the end of the property is a ravine, you can’t see it from the cabin but our kids love to hike around and explore it. I took the picture from the start of the ravine looking back at the cabin. You can just see the tip top of the cabin poking above the trees.
It’s hard to tell but you can hike down in the ravine (it eventually dead ends but you can go down to Black Canyon Spring in about 10 minutes, unfortunately 99% of the time the spring is dry). Just be mindful of other property owners as you are hiking through private property. This rock outcropping is the only real drop off on the property and it is one of my favorite photo spots, you can hike just below it and take a picture facing up.
It’s the spot we took our VRBO profile picture (which probably needs updated, it’s over a year old now and the kids look soooo young)!