|On the way to Devil's Tower, we spotted this genuine albino 'Push-me, Pull-you', seen on the left|
Soon we were driving through the Devil's Tower Monument gates...
And staring up in awe at the massive pile of igneous rock that was once, and for all I know, still is, a sacred spot for the Lakota Sioux. There is no way to get a bad shot of this awesome bit of geology.
|Many northern plain tribes call the structure 'Bears Lodge'|
|Close view of the tall granite structure|
|Geologic columnar form or bear scratches?.|
There is a little cabin, the Visitor's Center at the base of the tower.
|Inside the Center - on the right you can see a portrait |
of the monster bear, attempting to climb the Tower.
|A little morning birdsong|
There was one other cool feature at the Monument; namely a field-full of Prairie Dogs.
|Only thing missing from this Prairie Dog village are marauding Black-footed Ferrets and a few bison|
|Is that Alex over there?|
|OY! ALEX! ALEEEXXX, OVER HERE!|
|Talk about being photogenic.|
Our morning visit drew to a close as we headed out of the Monument, our thoughts on our first visit ever to the little heralded state of South Dakota, and the even littler town of Keystone South Dakota.
After a short - short considering the rest of our marathon drives, 3 hour drive we arrived in Keystone South Dakota and checked into our motel. Then, not quite done in for the day, we took off again, to drive the few miles necessary to reach that other unforgettable pile of granite - Mount Rushmore. More on that tomorrow; but for now, some parting words from our little friend at Prairie Dog Flats.