After the Rain...A Beautiful Sight!

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Sunday, May 29, 2011

The rain woke me last night and it  has continued up until now, with no relief in sight...but I don't have to tell you that.  Those of you in Montana know what it's all about, so I expect no sympathy.

Our route to Devils Tower had to be changed, due to fact that Highway 14, in Wyoming, is closed due to a mudslide.  We took a much more scenic, albeit longer route on Hwy 111 and Hwy 24.  

You catch a glimpse of the mountain while well distant from it's location. It's an amazing and spiritual thing to behold.  The indigenous folks of the are held and still hold it in high respect.  From what I've learned, it was created as the result of a volcano.  The sedimentary rock that surrounded it eroded away and there it was, in all of it's splendor.  The top is about an acre and a half in area.  It's covered with sagebrush and grass.  The sides are nearly vertical.  We haven't gotten close yet, but will later, after lunch hour.  Talk to you then...

The Mountain is amazing!  One can feel the peace of the place.  We took the loop trail around it and I shot numerous shots from different vantage points.  It's difficult to explain the feeling.  It's a very sacred place, to the point that no climbing is allowed during the month of June, to respect the wishes of the Indians.  They come there and hang prayer cloths on trees in the area and engage in their spiritual rites.  The photos should give you some idea of how you can feel here.  It's a gem of a place and impresses me much more than Mount Rushmore, a creation of man.  

Our park is near the Tower.  One need only look out the window to see it's majesty.  If you ever get an opportunity, check it out.  Fortunately, the ongoing rain has ceased since we've been here.  It's cool and windy, as much of Wyoming is.  We're snug and warm in our house on wheels and anxious to get back to Sunny Montana.  We'll head to Sheridan tomorrow and then back in to the Big Sky Country.
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