Thursday, October 19, 2017

Devil's Tower, Wyoming

Day Six of the RV Trip to South Dakota and now Wyoming.

We decided last night that since we're so close, we'd pay a visit to the Devil's Tower National Monument a couple of hours or so away from where we'd boondocked.

For the record, it proved quite windy boondocking where we did near the Badlands!  Got so windy, the RV moved enough to cause us to wake and move the slideout back in to reduce our wind signature!

We survived and after breaking camp, made it to Devil's Tower just after lunch.

The afternoon was spent relaxing a bit at the National Park Service campground within the monument's grounds.

Devil's Tower was the nation's first National Monument, designated as such by President Theodore Roosevelt.  So Wyoming holds the distinction of having the first National Park at Yellowstone and the first National Monument at Devil's Tower.


 Our view of Devil's Tower from the campground.

We picked a nice location for Umarang

The day's work completed, we rode out on Scarlett and did the loop known as The Spirit Highway.  Not too shabby a road in terms of scenery but the good stuff awaited our return back in the Devil's Tower area.

 At the scenic turnout spot just before the Devil's Tower Junction

 Near the Devil's Tower Visitor Center


At the Visitor Center Parking Lot

Of course, there's only so many views of Devil's Tower one can take before it tires both the taker and the audience of said pictures!

Back at the campground, the prospects looked pretty good for a nice sunset and boy did it turn out!

The last Pano I took before my camera's battery died.

I ran back to Umarang but failed to get there in time to snatch up my iphone to take the remainder of the beautiful sunset colors.  However, not to worry, my loving wife Martha also got some great shots of the sunset while I shot the panos:




Here's a video of the four panos that turned out alright:

15 comments:

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

The 'Tower still fascinates. We hiked around its base in 90+ temperatures...the weather there now looks a lot more pleasant for hiking. It IS a great time of year to be enjoying eastern WY.

The Naked Truth said...

Wonderful photos Dom. We've been to Wyoming (or more accurately, through Wyoming) a few times, but haven't done the Tower. Now it's on the list. Thanks.

Canajun said...

Great shots! I especially like that last panorama.

Charlie6 said...

Thanks for commenting Coop, no hiking around the base for us, they were doing controlled burns to control undergrowth.

Charlie6 said...

It's a worthy addition! Thanks for commenting The Naked Truth....

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Canajun, it was spectacular in person

Charlie6 said...

Garth, I didn't realize you blogged....must check it out!

RichardM said...

It looks like you are the only ones in the campground. That is one of those places I’ve always wanted to visit.

SonjaM said...

Brilliant sunsets, Dom and Martha. An iconic landmark, and another picture for the header to boot.

I am a sucker for geological features like this. And, as a movie buff 'Close encounters of the third kind' comes to mind.

Thomas Osburn said...

Devil's Tower is such a unique place. You did a great job with the photos of capturing it.

Charlie6 said...

Thanks Thomas Osburn

Charlie6 said...

Danke SonjaM! No encounters with UFOs that day....but one could see aliens picking the place to land on.

Charlie6 said...

It's a nice campground though no power/hookups at the sites. Good 4G coverage and one heck of a view though.

Trobairitz said...

Martha to the rescue. I bet you've said that a time or two over the years.

Great pictures Dom & Martha. It must be nice to boondock rather than be in a campground with a lot of other folks.

Charlie6 said...

Brandy, Martha is always getting me out of trouble...