Day 7 - Let's Get Outa Here

Trip Start Jun 29, 2007
Trip End Jul 30, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Saturday, July 7, 2007

Well, the Badlands was nice but after four days were were glad to move on. We packed up a bit it stuff last night and that made the morning tear-down of camp that much easier. We took a scenic route through the Badlands on our way back to the Interstate. Our destination today was The Devils Tower in Wyoming. The tower was on the way to our intended camp in Buffalo, Wyoming. The trip to the tower was pretty uneventful with the exception of a rather nasty looking accident just inside the Wyoming border. The police and fire fighters had just arrived but the occupants were still trapped in the overturned car. Debris was all over the highway and in the ditch and it really gave us a creepy feeling. Since the accident occurred on the other side of the highway the slow-down was minimal.

The drive from the Interstate to the actual tower took about an hour and was very picturesque - the terrain being rolling and most of it farmed in hay or oats. Some farms had livestock roaming the grasslands. We kind of thought that we should be able to see the tower from a great distance but we couldn't until it came looming up after we made turn in the road about two miles from the site. The thing is bloody huge - way bigger than both of us had imagined. After a quick stop for a lousy polish sausage (a fat hotdog) and a pickle (Wendi didn't want lunch) we headed to the tower. We were both very excited and in awe of the size and construction of it. At the top of a mile long winding road we found a parking spot at the info centre. It was busy but not crazy busy. It was hot - oh yeah, it was hot!

Here we were, looking up at this solid piece of stone that is over 800 feet straight up and constructed of smooth, multi-faceted vertical columns all tightly fitted together. It truly took my breath away. All around the base is an apron of smashed columns that have fallen from the tower over the millenia. Further from the tower scattered through out the pines are bigger chunks of granite that still retain there shape. Maybe it was just us guessing but we could visualize, by comparing the shapes we stood beside, were they used be attached to the tower. Although is was hot we did the 1.3 mile walk around the base on a smooth path that skirted the edge of the boulder field. . We were glad to get back to a cold drink and the comfort of the van but we chattered a long time about how cool this place is. So far this has been the highlight of our trip on the cool things to see scale. Here is a link the the park's website:

The trip from the tower to Buffalo was pretty enough but uneventful. We got settled in nicely to a chicken supper done on the BBQ. Wendi caught up on some correspondence and then it was lights out for a good night's sleep after our strenuous and exciting day.
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