S. A. T. W. P. Episode 50

June 11th, 2017. Day 11.

Devil’s Tower National Monument (KOA).

Approaching Devil's Tower, WY.
Approaching Devil’s Tower, WY.

We are recording this podcast while sitting in the shadow of Devil’s Tower.

Panoramic view of Devil's Tower and the red rocks near the KOA.
Panoramic view of Devil’s Tower and the red rocks near the KOA.

We forgot to talk about Bud in our last podcast. Bud approached us before the yesterday’s show and was looking for a place for his father (who fought at Iwo Jima among other things) to live. As it turned out, our friend Julie and Bud knew each other from High School. We then talked about bookings with Bud and he soon agreed that Stephanie knows what she is doing.

Our campsite at the KOA. We were quite literally sleeping in the shadow of Devil's Tower.
Our campsite at the KOA. We were quite literally sleeping in the shadow of Devil’s Tower.

We woke up in Sheridan, WY, and hung around for a little while. The Daves talked about football and trains. Then Julie’s son David showed up and there were too many Daves.

Dave at the base of Devil's Tower.
Dave at the base of Devil’s Tower.
Stephanie on the trail!
Stephanie on the trail!

Last night Stephanie stayed up late working out our route from Sheridan to Ekalaka, MT, and found out that the halfway point was Devil’s Tower.

Looking out over the valley from the base of Devil's Tower.
Looking out over the valley from the base of Devil’s Tower.

There was some confusion about the last time we were at Devil’s Tower. We stopped for breakfast and gas and realized that we are getting quite a number of gas rewards cards.

Devil's Tower is beautiful from any angle.
Devil’s Tower is beautiful from any angle.
Deer!
Deer!

We saw a lot of deer, birds, and prairie dogs. Climbing the rocks is not allowed in June but we were permitted to walk around the base of the tower.

By dinner time we were back at the camp site.

Offerings left at the base of Devil's Tower.
Offerings left at the base of Devil’s Tower.

Dave snored his fool head off last night, he was exhausted. Now Stephanie is tired.

A view of the tower from the path around the base.
A view of the tower from the path around the base.

We are camping at the filming location of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, they show the movie every night at dusk here at the KOA.

This angle is one of our favorites.
This angle is one of our favorites.

Scrabble scores – Tough game but Dave lost by about 4 points.

Stephanie - 308, Dave - 304.
Stephanie – 308, Dave – 304.
From the base of Devil's Tower.
From the base of Devil’s Tower.

Tomorrow we are going to visit Medicine Rocks State Park near Ekalaka, MT. The park has gotten some bad reviews and we discuss how some people can’t be satisfied. More discussion of sign-offs.

Sunset at Devil's Tower.
Sunset at Devil’s Tower.
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