Sunday, September 4, 2011

Close Encounter of a Third Kind

After a busy week at the rally and so much driving around in Yellowstone and Canada, we took a few days just relaxing. Loved sitting outside under a big tree reading a book and watching boats and jet skis crossing the water. We had some windy days and some nice warm days. Savannah was happy to be outside as well.
Sunday we decided to visit Devil's Tower, which is only about 19 miles from the campground. If you don't know about it, it is the big formation which is featured in the movie in the blog title. It is the first declared national monument in the US. Devils Tower is a monolithic igneous intrusion or volcanic neck.

           This is a very popular place for climbers and there were a number of them while we were there.

        Devil's Tower is also called Bear Lodge by the Indians and I like the legend of how the tower came to be.      One of the versions has seven indian sisters playing and being chased by a giant bear.
To escape the bear, the girls climbed atop a rock, fell to their knees, and prayed to the Great Spirit to save them. Hearing their prayers, the Great Spirit made the rock rise from the ground towards the heavens so that the bears could not reach the girls. The bear, in an effort to climb the rock, left deep claw marks in the sides, which had become too steep to climb. (Those are the marks which appear today on the sides of Devils Tower.) When the girls reached the sky, they were turned into the star constellation the Pleiades.
Below are a few other pictures including one from another area that looks like a shark fin.

Back at the campground, we took a picture of Savannah on a mini Devils Tower in the playground area.

Mighty Mountain Dog

      And a nice sunset.


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