Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Devil's Tower - Or is it?!!!

One of the places we visited on the way to Yellowstone National Park was "Devil's Tower",
a National Monument located in the state of Wyoming.

We arrived at the monument very early in the morning,
...before the sun had risen,
...and before most of the other tourists arrived.

We followed the trail that went around the base of the tower,
and came upon frequent signs with information.

Some of the signs were pertinent to our safety,
and others were associated with the legends of how the tower was formed.

On many bushes and trees we saw the brightly colored prayer cloths
and other Indian artifacts... 

that were tied to various limbs or branches.

With the naked eye we didn't notice any climbers,but we did see some through the telescopic type lenses
that were available.

My husband tried to take a picture of them through the binoculars!

The paths were easy to navigate,
but often had large boulders on each side.

Here you can see my grandson exploring the boulders.

It's a bit more difficult to spot him in this picture.
You may have to click on the picture to enlarge it in order to find him!

My grandson had more energy than we did,
often read the signs before we got there,
and then informed us of what he had learned.

This was probably the highest point we reached in our hiking.
It took us about two hours or more to walk around the tower,
...but that was because we were stopping often to read the signs.

By the time we completed the circuit,
the sun was up,
...and so were a lot more tourists.
As we viewed this magnificent structure,
I cringed a bit at the name of it.
The Devil's name may be associated with it,
but I knew that it was God who had formed it,
and it made me aware once again of the Creator's great power and majesty.
"Ah, Sovereign LORD, 
you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.
 Nothing is too hard for you."
Jeremiah 32:17

I did a post on Rock4Today last year
entitled "Migdal Oz"
which refers to the LORD as
(Click on the highlighted letters to take you there.)

I think my grandson enjoyed the extensive prairie dog town
at the base of the tower
as much as exploring the tower itself.

He found these grape shaped fruits near their dwellings,
and enjoyed tossing them to the prairie dogs.

The prairie dogs would grab them in their mouths,
and quickly take them down into their holes.
I have never seen so many prairie dogs at one time!

Thanks for your visit!
To see my latest post of the Names of God on Rocks,
click on Rock4Today!


Unknown said...

We stopped there after the reunion last year. It's an awe inspiring sight.

EG CameraGirl said...

I visited Devil's Tower many years ago. Thanks for the memories. But I don't remember seeing prairie dogs there. It must have been a hoot to watch your grandson toss the fruit to them!