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Correction about Devils Tower

Monday, June 16, 2014

Well, I found out that DT isn't a volcanic extrusion it is an igneous INTRUSION. Ha! Who knew?

I thought it was going to be kind of lame, just a big rock sticking out of the ground! But I was wrong -- it is beauiful! You can see it 15 miles away!

We first took the Red Beds trail (3.5 miles) and then were able to take the paved Tower Trail (1.3 miles around the Tower) with a park ranger who was from the Lakota Tribe. He was EXCELLENT and explained so much about his culture and the deep respect the Lakota have for nature and the earth. He told several stories to explain the existence of Devils Tower, the extinction of the dinosaurs, the origin of the Lakota people that have been handed down by untold generations of his people. It was enchanting! There was a school group about 20 ten-year-olds that were taking the guided hikewith us and they were interested and respectful. Great!

We then found a shady bench facing the Tower and ate our packed lunch. Why does ordinary food taste so good when it is eaten in a beautiful setting?

Then we decided to take the Red Beds trail again, this time going in the opposite direction. I wish I had more pictures to share, but we accidently deleted most of them -- when I got home there were only 20 pictures on the camera instead of the 80-100 we took!

I also found out that the ban on climbing during June -- because of the summer solstice which is sacred to the Lakota -- is only voluntary. And yes, there were two people climbing it today, which sort of made me feel ashamed. We could learn a lot from the Lakota.

The wild flowers were beautiful!


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MAZACK 7/13/2014 9:19AM

    The Lakota are an interesting people. A lot of that was shown in the movie Dancing with wolves. With your hikes you ave been to so many interesting places.

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KATHIC2 6/23/2014 7:37AM

  Nice. I would love to take the guided hike.

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1BEACHWALKER 6/22/2014 9:12PM

    How awesome!! Enjoy your trip to Colorado and and the half marathon. Looking forward to hearing about it all! Take lots of pics for us!!! emoticon

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NANCY- 6/18/2014 12:13PM

Thank heavens I get to see the world through your eyes. Being fit means you can get out and experience the world.
Thank you so much for sharing with all of us.

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MNABOY 6/18/2014 1:04AM

    great trip

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BUTTERFLY-1976 6/17/2014 10:47PM

    Wow..this looks amazing in the photo...I can only imagine how spectacular it was in person. Can't wait to see your next adventure pictures!!

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AJDOVER1 6/17/2014 4:10PM

    Thanks for sharing the beauty of your trip!

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MYTHMYTH 6/17/2014 1:53PM

    thanks so much for whaling!!!!!!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 6/17/2014 10:12AM

    I went there the summer before I turned 10, I still remember all the moles - they were everywhere!!
America really is a beautiful county. So many diverse landscapes. I think its wonderful that you and your hubby are taking the time (and money) to see so much of this lovely scenery. (I'm jealous too emoticon )

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KANOE10 6/17/2014 9:38AM

    I love your pictures. That was interesting about the Lakotas. Due to your inspiration in hiking, I am going to search out hikes in Hawaii.

Great exercise!

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FLUTTER-BY)L( 6/17/2014 1:56AM

    I love learning of other cultures. Thanks for sharing a grand adventure.

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SUGAR0814 6/16/2014 11:56PM

    Thank you so much for sharing your adventures. I get to experience places I would never get to go! The pictures are great!! Have fun!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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