Devil’s Tower in eastern Wyoming stands 867 feet tall and holds court on the red dirt valley. After seeing the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind many years ago, I have always wanted to see the icon myself. The Tower has an interesting vibe. Away from the tourists, it blots the sky with its massiveness yet sheds a peaceful energy as the trail meanders through the trees and into the silence. Of all the places I experienced on this trip, Devil’s Tower was the most stunning and serene. The peace I felt on the hiking trail (see the previous post on the deer) was worth a wonderful memory that I can relive again and again.
According to the Native American tribes of the Kiowa and Lakota, a group of girls went out to play and were spotted by several giant bears, who began to chase them. In an effort to escape the bears, 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 bears, 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 stars of the Pleiades. (stolen from the web)
There are probably too many photos of the tower, but I loved this place and walked around it several times at different times of the day so I could photograph it with varying light and shadows.
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Loved the evil looking clouds the first time I saw it.
Close Encouters of the Third Kind – movie.