True confession time. I only have vague memories of the movie Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Mostly they were from illicit glimpses of it whenever it would run on late night TV in the 80s (most often way past my childhood bedtime). So when AJ suggested we camp overnight at Devils Tower National Monument between driving from Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park to Badlands National Park I agreed without any culture baggage associated with the strange and surreal rock formation. That said, photos can’t really do justice to the sheer mass of the tower, nor can it capture the multitude of colors that make up the tower, a strange jumble of moss green and brick red from the algae growing on it beige rock. At sunrise and sunset the tower seems set on fire, brilliantly red and unlike anything else I’ve ever had a chance to see. Though we didn’t encounter any alien ships nor felt any strong desires to eat mashed potatoes, waking up for sunrise with a view of Devils Tower right out our tent door was extraordinary. No wonder the Lakota Native Americans have worshipped there in days gone by (and still continue to worship there by tying prayer cloths and dream catchers on trees around the tower). The place felt magical.
jaime @ asweetroad says
Beautiful photos, and what an amazing campsite view.
Lora @cakeduchess says
Incredible! I’ve loved following along your trip on IG:)
Jessica @ Burlap and Butter Knives says
Ok ok, your travels are making me feel like I don’t get out enough!! hehehehe, and also, like you are a bad ass camper!!!
In all seriousness, these photos are beautiful. Thank you for making me feel like I am learning a little more about this beautiful land <3
Margie MacKenzie says
The word “awesome” is so overused these days, but it was the first word that came to my mind as I looked at your photos. As beautiful as the Tower shots are, the dream catcher is my favorite. Thank you for sharing, Irvin!
Jason Dutton-Smith says
WOW. Fantastic pics, thanks for sharing Irvin. This is now yet another unknown destination on my list to add for exploring and putting on my American travel website morethanroute66.com
jigsaw puzzles says
so cool! Different perspectives, different distances, different times … give us another beauty!