The “Like a Rock” Day
Up early and off to the Cliff Shelf trail. A unique area of the Badlands where centuries ago a cliff face fell and created a “slump” as they call it, where water drains and vegetation flourishes. Saw mostly rabbits but rumor is that lots of animals use this place. Then a short, very short, walk to a “window” in the wall overlooking a craggy canyon. We then headed west again and showed great restraint in NOT stopping for five cent coffee and a doughnut for the third day. However we did stop at Panera in Rapid City to use the WIFI and get a bit of a charge on the computers. We arrived at the Devil’s Tower National Monument about three after a nice walk in the town of Spearfish where we found an excellent ice cream shop and shared a “mountain huckleberry” as it was not quite lunch. The tower is both unique and more spectacular than I expected. It was hot and the parking lots were nearly full at the VC so we stayed in the wonderful campsite, fixed dinner and did a hike around the base of the tower, about 1.4 miles. Then we set up the camera at a strategic spot off a dirt road and waited for sunset. Again lots of clouds rolled in. We did get one nice reflection but the plan to stay and shoot stars was a no go.
Cadillac’s Most Correct Viewpoint
It worked. I am a near genus. Oh, who are we kidding, a full genus. We went west again. Finally. And we had an excellent ice cream stop. What a day, full of anticipation as we have to be very close to Alaska in Wyoming. I still have not heard much about the rallies I am planning but, Moose are always late, great procrastinators, unlike myself, where promptness and timeliness are among my most outstanding qualities.
Parked near a very strange mountain that set my antlers tingling. Very odd, almost alien like vibe. Not sure I'll sleep well tonight.