Devil’s Tower & 28 Years Of Marriage!

Posted by on May 25, 2013

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.

Tent campers - thankfully no rain....yet

Tent campers – thankfully no rain….yet

The plan was to visit Devils Tower, which is  about 30 miles away.  Much of the drive is through big wide open areas, inspiring us to listen to Tom Petty’s, Into The Great Wide Open on the way home!

Into the Great Wide Open

Into the Great Wide Open

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!

First glimpse...

First glimpse…

Enjoying a beautiful anniversary day

Enjoying a beautiful anniversary day

Taken from another turnout...love the bird soaring near the tower!

Taken from another turnout…love the bird soaring near the tower!

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.

Devil's Tower National Monument is the first ever National Monument.

Devil’s Tower National Monument is the first ever National Monument.

I love a picture with foliage in it!  Gives it so much more character!

I love a picture with foliage in it! Gives it so much more character!

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.

Stamping our book!

Stamping our book!

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.

This duo climbed the highest that we witnessed. The one up higher is a male and the lower is a female.  It took her a while to get up to the ledge that he is on but when she did he helped her up and then gave her a big kiss!

This duo climbed the highest that we witnessed. The one up higher is a male and the lower is a female. It took her a while to get up to the ledge that he is on but when she did he helped her up and then gave her a big kiss!

After rest a bit the couple began their descent...this is the male repelling down

After resting a bit the couple began their descent…this is the male repelling down

Another group of climbers...this group had at least 3 in it...possibly 4.  Can you see 3?

Another group of climbers…this group had at least 3 in it…possibly 4. Can you see 3?

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.

Amy, our Park Ranger Interpretive guide

Amy, our Park Ranger Interpretive guide

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.

This guy was telling us to stay away!

This guy was telling us to stay away!

Taking cover...

Taking cover…

They were up close and personal...

They were up close and personal…

...and scattered everywhere!

…and scattered everywhere!

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.

Devil's Tower View Restaurant

Devil’s Tower View Restaurant

View from the restaurant.  The 'humps' to the left of the tower are made of the same materials as the tower...the erosion just never took place around them.

View from the restaurant. The ‘humps’ to the left of the tower are made of the same materials as the tower…the erosion just never took place around them.

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.

Grillin' them steaks

Grillin’ them steaks

View from our chairs...

View from our chairs…

Dinner's ready!

Dinner’s ready!

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Responses to Devil’s Tower & 28 Years Of Marriage!

  1. Allen & Donna Ferguson

    Happy Happy Happy Anniversary you two.

    • Kelly

      Allen & Donna – Thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you for following our blog! Perhaps we’ll meet on the road some day!?

  2. RVingFT

    Happy Anniversary! Buffalo us leaner so must NOT be overcooked. They tend to do that at restaurants 🙁

    If you prefer medium, order buffalo rare. Try buying ground buffalo in the grocery store. Is much better in chili >> no grease 🙂

    • Kelly

      Thank you for the tips! And thank you for following the blog. Your blog has given me some great places to visit! Thank you!

  3. Larry Bandstra

    Happy Anniversary. Sounds like a terrific and unique way to spend your special day. Looking forward to seeing y’all in a few weeks.

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