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(all picture taken with Nokia Lumia 929 cell phone)
The purpose for my trip to these parts was to see Devils Tower.
|Kind of strange the way the clouds|
swirled around the tower
It is the first National Monument in the country and was established by President Teddy Roosevelt in 1906. This gave the state of Wyoming the distinction of have the first National Park (Yellowstone, 1872), and the first National Monument (Devils Tower). The apostrophe was mistakenly left off of the word "devils" in the official proclamation, so it has been left off ever since. Those pesky typos will hound you forever. :) Some American Indians have wanted the name changed since they don't like having the word "devil" associated with one of their sacred places. The problem is that different tribes have different names for the tower, so which one to use?
|Prayer/thought clothes left by local|
The big question is,,,,, "what the heck is this thing?"
I've been to a lot of places, not only in this country, but in the world and I've never seen something that looks like this.
Some of the experts call it an "igneous intrusion" which to me is just geological double-speak. They say it is magma from way down below that started coming to the surface 100's of million years ago, as a potential volcano, but didn't quite make it all the way to the surface before cooling off. Hundreds of million years of erosion got rid of the softer rock and dirt
|Nice paved trail around the|
base of the tower. It seemed
like more going up than down.
|As I've seen in many other places,|
life will cling to the smallest of area.
Speaking of inquiring minds,,,, I saw this tree stump on the side of the path that goes around the tower.
It has some type of symbol cut into it. The cuts are precise and clean. Does anyone recognize it?
It was an interesting trip. I didn't expect to leave with so many questions in my head. It is one of those things that you just have to see for yourself. I took this shot through my side window as I was driving away. Notice the swirling clouds are no longer there.
|Parting look at the Tower|
Tomorrow is moving day but it will be a short haul. I'll be moving to a campground just north of Rapid City, South Dakota. I'll probably be there for at least 4 days to have enough time to see some of the things around that area.
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.