It first began when Keith asked exactly how far Devil’s Tower was. It was a haul from Custer and we initially decided not to make the journey, our love of long road trips still a bit ‘soured’ from all the Yellowstone driving.
We’ve laid pretty low here in South Dakota, and finally decided on a little bit of a drive on a beautiful, warm day. We initially were only going to head to Newcastle, Wyoming – if only just to see a portion of the Black Hills we hadn’t yet explored. While taking pictures of the landscape on a deserted road, I decided to check how far Devil’s Tower was from where we were. Since it was only 75 mile, we decided why not & off we went.
I’m not sure I’ve mentioned how much I love the sky out here. Wyoming has the most incredible storms and I love the wide open spaces. We drove through beautiful country and finally came upon Devil’s Tower.
You might know it from a little film called Close Encounters of the Third Kind. You might also know it because of the controversy between American Indians who consider it a spiritual place, and hikers that want to climb the impressive tower. I found it impressive that it is one the locations that artist Junkyu Muto created the Sacred Circle of Smoke sculpture as part of his Peace project. The other two sculptures are at the Vatican, and Buddha Gaya.
We did go into the park itself but we were unable to walk around the base of the mountain because pups were not allowed. Since it was still 93 degrees out, there was no way we could leave her. We settled for the short drive around the park, and a lookout point. I can see why it attracts the attention it does – it is quite a dramatic mountain and I am glad we made the journey to see it.
Unfortunately for Keith however, his relatives from the home planet didn’t show up to take him back.