Sunday, August 27, 2017

A Hike Around Devils Tower and on to Buffalo, Wyoming

How many of you remember this geological formation from "Close Encounters of the Third Kind?"  There were no mashed potato sculptures this time.  Doug and I hiked around the base on a 1.3 mile loop trail and caught glimpses of some rock climbers.

Can you see the climbers in both of these photos?  This should give you an idea of how massive Devils Tower is.

Here you can see the red dirt and rock in this area of Wyoming.

And a view of the valley below the tower.

 There were many prayer flags tied to trees around the base.

After leaving Devils Tower, we drove on to Buffalo, Wyoming, where we met up with another childhood friend, Tom Bentley.  Last night he took us to dinner at the Occidental Hotel in historic downtown Buffalo.  The hotel, which dates to 1880,  was frequented by Buffalo Bill Cody, Teddy Roosevelt, Calamity Jane, and even Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

This morning we're off for a hike with Tom, who knows this area well after camping here for most of the summer.  More later...


  1. Ken has been to Devil's Tower with his brother when Art lived in Gillette. Art climbed it when he was much younger.

    1. Wow! That would be quite a feat to climb. Doug and I both did some technical rock climbing when we were in college, but nothing quite like the Devil's Tower.


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