Yesterday we hit the road driving a bit over 100 miles each way to see this:
Hence "The Devil". As most people know, Devils Tower is actually the hardened magma of a volcano that cooled and fractured into columns. Over millions of years of erosion the rock became exposed. The tower rises 867 feet from its base.
In 1906 Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower the first national monument under the new Antiquities Act. His action made Wyoming the home of both our first national park - Yellowstone in 1872 - and our first national monument.
I was going to walk the mile and a half trail that circles the base. I did it once before. This time I started but knew it was not to be. After a few thousand feet of steep uphill and down, I decided not this time. The temperature was hovering around 100. When I walked it before I was 11 years younger. More to the point I was 40 pounds lighter! In addtion, a few years back I had heat exhaustion while visiting San Antonio. I was so sick I mostly slept for 4 solid days. Since then heat zaps whatever little energy I have.
Len and I had packed a lunch and decided where we were parked was as good a place as any. I've debated on posting this picture. No, he is NOT doing what it looks like, he is fixing sandwiches. Honest.
Not only was it HOT there but even worse about 20 miles before the Tower we could see this off in the distance.
I do hope they got the fire under control. The fire signs all around here near Rapid City indicate a Very High fire danger.
Today it is again near 100 - probably no where near hot as hell, but it sure is uncomfortable.
Okay, Judy, I finished my post now. Do hope you get some relief there in Tennessee also.