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A CLOSE ENCOUNTER at DEVIL'S TOWER!

2015.07.07
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We stayed in Sturgis, South Dakota for a couple of days, so we could ride some of the famous roads in that area - and go to Devil's Tower, which is back in Wyoming. It is so tall, you can see it about 20 miles away!
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Devil's Tower stands 600 feet above the surrounding Missouri Buttes (high flat mountains) and is sacred to many of the Northern Plains Indian tribes - Kiowa, Sioux, and the Arapaho
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On the drive there, we passed this pretty farm with old-fashioned hay stacks instead of bales!
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Prairie dogs, that burrow into the soft ground, were everywhere!
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The first settlers who saw the mountain said it was an "ungodly rock tower", which became known as "Devil's Tower"
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The Kiowa and Arapaho tribes said that a bear chased 7 young Indian braves up the mountain and that is what caused the deep grooves in the sides of it! This is the famous painting that tells the story
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It's no wonder that Steven Spielberg chose this mountain for the landing of the Mother Ship in "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"! (It looks more realistic than it did created in mashed potatoes!)
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The sunlight was directly overhead and made contrast difficult, but I tried to capture it from all the different sides
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The stone at the base of the mountain is red because of the iron and clay content in the soil
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Devil's Tower is a US National Monument, so it is on protected lands
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I couldn't resist the sign for "Spaceship Parking Only"!
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How many photos can one woman take of a big rock? Well, thankfully, this is the final one!
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We finally made it to our home yesterday - 6500 miles and 28 days after we left - but I wanted to finish my final 3 posts of days on the road. Because of my Sunday posts and several other ones, I'm running behind on actual postings.
7 Comments
marilynx You have done exceedingly well!
Been a superb trip for me!
Armchair traveling these days!
marilynx · 2015-07-07: 08:53
angil I'm already looking forward to your next trip. Amazing pictures of such an iconic rock. I loved the bear story.
angil · 2015-07-07: 09:13
MoMac Great set of this amazing rock the 5th one is particularly clear.
MoMac · 2015-07-07: 09:13
skmarar Devil's tower indeed looks like an ungodly rock tower!
skmarar · 2015-07-07: 09:14
dogydad2 Excellent series, as always! You have us "spoiled"! (grin). Glad you made it home, safe & sound! I'll be looking forward to the next offerings! Bet it will be nice to sleep in your own bed, for a change! After every time I'm on the road for weeks at a time, I wake up in my own bed the first night & have to look around for a second or two, to figure out where I am.........(grin)
dogydad2 · 2015-07-07: 11:22
durban Close encounters movie!!!!
durban · 2015-07-07: 14:24
NellyBly Wonderful photos as usual..love them all. We went to Devils Tower..fascinated by the "prayer colors" tied in trees. great place.
NellyBly · 2015-07-07: 14:46
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