Monday, August 9, 2010

Close Encounters of the Monument Kind

I've always been intrigued by this thing on the map called Devil's Tower National Monument and I've always wanted to stop there.  This time we did!  It is a truly odd thing to behold as you can see.  
One of the only things to do there is hike around it.  This was surprisingly more interesting than expected because it changes significantly from different angles.
   Do you see us down there?  What do you think, Christmas card photo?  
Apparently, a very popular thing to do there is climb around on it.  We were definitely not up for that, but I zoomed in on this crazy person with my telephoto.  We probably spotted 7 or 8 of these insane people while we were there.  
See what I mean by it changing from different angles?  Jason said he enjoyed this much more than he thought he would.  You can only properly appreciate and revel in it's majesty in person.  It's really fantastic that you don't have to travel far to see some really amazing things! 
We also made it to Yellowstone Park RIGHT when Old Faithful was doing its thing.  Supposedly, it isn't so faithful anymore, so we were pretty lucky to get there in time.  By the time I got my camera out, it was kind of done, but trust me it was very picturesque with the sun setting in the background!  Jason had never been to Yellowstone before so we decided to drive through, even though it costs $25, it was almost sunset, and we didn't have time to hang around there.  It reminded me how amazing this place is, and how we really need to go back and spend more time there.  Just by driving through we saw beautiful pools of unexpected colors, steam coming out of the ground everywhere, a bear, a moose, buffalo and lots of elk.  The best way to see wildlife is to watch for a bunch of cars parked along the road and tourists standing around and pointing.  I heard that someone got mauled by a bear at Yellowstone this summer.  Gee, I wonder how. 


  1. I think that's a great Christmas card photo! Really beautiful pictures, Becca, you're getting quite good.

  2. How fun! The last time I was at Devil's Tower was probaby when I was in 8th grade! I enjoy your pictures and look forward to hearing about your trip firsthand.