Devil's Work

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
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Trip End Nov 04, 2008


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Motel 6, $64, good and clean. Friendly

Flag of United States  , Wyoming
Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Ahhh, the delights of camping in US State Parks. Where else would you be woken up by a herd of mountain goats munching the grass around your tent? Fascinating.

So, given we were told to move by the wildlife, we had a good hearty breakfast (our typical muesli with youghurt, fruit juice, boiled eggs, toast and jam....no lack of luxury here) and packed our stuff to drive to the next destination...The Devils Tower in Wyoming.

The Tower is about 2 hours drive from Custer Park and costs the usual $10 to get in (valid for 7 days). Its one of those strange objects created by mother earth millions of years ago and which attracts so much interest from the usual folk like us.

To get there by the way we had to pass the town of Uptown (Wyoming) which claims to be "The Best Town on Earth". Now that surely was local joke....there was 10 farms falling down and quite a few abandonded trucks. Lets hope its not...They should have invested the money of the signs at the entrance of the town on something different.

It is indeed splendid, and there was even some people climbing it today although in some seasons it is forbidden as its an Indian Sacred Mountain. All along these places we here the Indian stories of how things were created, from animals to mountains.

The one related to the Devils Tower is a nice one. The current name came with the Europeans. The Indians called it the Bear Rock, as it was supposed to be the place where 7 sisters survived from the attack of a brother that had been converted into a huge bear. The cracks on the sides of the rock are the marks of the bear claws...

We did a short hike around the Tower (2 kms) with the other thousand tourists and then moved on towards our destination...Buffallo (Wyoming). It is in Buffalo that we will camp in a motel for one night before returning to our camping practices in Yellowstone National Park.

Funnily enough, we had to bring the tent with us into the room at the motel as it was still wet from the rain, and we have it hanging over the TV and table. We just couldnt avoid thinking that "if we dont sleep in the tent, the tent sleeps with us".

Speed limits are higher since South Dakota and we can now go along at 75 miles per hour (120 kms) which makes going along the huge Interstate Roads much shorter. Before Dakota we were stuck with 65 and sometimes 70 but not very often.

It also helps that petrol has gone down slightly since the crunch of a couple of weeks ago. We can now refill the tank for about $3.75 a galon (so about $45) the full tank which normally lasts a couple of days if we travel a lot.

Cheerio
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