Today we celebrate our 28th wedding anniversary! We’ve been so blessed over the years. We raised two hard-working, loving sons, who married to beautiful women. Between them they have blessed us with 3 wonderful grandbabies with one more due in a couple of months. My prayer is that they are as happy in their marriages as we have been in ours and always remember that their families comes before anything.
The day started out gloomy & overcast with a prediction of rain in the afternoon. It even sprinkled a wee bit. I was worried that our neighbors in a tent might get a bit wet. We had plans to go out touring so we decided to leave a little earlier than originally planned and left the house by 10:30 am. Just as we were leaving the clouds left and the sun came out and it turned into a beautiful day, reaching 80 degrees with a very nice breeze.
We caught our first glimpse of the tower about 10 miles out. There are several turnouts along the road for photo ops…we stopped at several!
The entrance fee is $10 per car but since we have an America the Beautiful pass it was free! After entering the park we quickly drove through the campground, which is first come first serve, and found that there were plenty of sites open. We’d considered staying here but opted for a reservable site over this holiday weekend.
The tower is massive, rising a 1280 feet above the Belle Fourche river. It’s made of volcanic rock that is believed to have been formed underground and then the ground that was around millions of years ago eroded away making it what we see today.
We stopped in the Visitor’s Center to stamp our Passport book and to purchase the park sticker to add to the book. There were a few small exhibits and write ups to peruse through too.
There were two groups of climbers on the tower when we arrived and we enjoyed watching them make progress going up and then repelling down as well.
We stayed for an informative Park Ranger talk discussing the different aspects of the monument – climbing, Native American beliefs and geological info that was quite interesting.
On the grounds is a Prairie Dog town and we stopped to watch the little buggers antics for a while. The ground was peppered with holes going into their homes. After leaving the Prairie Dog town we saw to Pronghorn off in the distance and unfortunately my camera wasn’t ready. I’m sure we’ll see more when we visit Custer State Park next week.
We stopped at a little mom & pop place, Devil’s Tower View restaurant for lunch. We each ordered a burger…me beef & Michael buffalo. Mine was excellent…..the best seasoned I’ve had in a LONG time and just the right amount of juicy. Michael wasn’t real pleased with his buffalo burger saying that it wasn’t juicy enough….but I think that’s what you get when you have really lean meat. They also had home-made pies so we each got a piece to take home – strawberry rhubarb for me and cherry for Michael.
We stopped on the way home and picked up some firewood and are both looking forward to a nice relaxing fire at some point. Michael grilled a couple of filets for dinner which we enjoyed outside as the weather was still perfect. We relaxed outside until nearly 8:30 before moving inside for the night. It was a great end to our anniversary.