Our morning drive jogged us briefly on I 90 and then on Wyoming 24 to Devil’s Tower. In 1906 President Theodore Roosevelt proclaimed Devils Tower the first National Monument under the new Antiquities Act. It is a most improbable geological rock formation, sticking up in the air above the surrounding valley like some giant, prehistoric tree-stump.
Our first views of the tower were breathtaking. The tower rises 867 feet from the base and the dome is 1.5 acres in size.We trekked around the base in about an hour with different views on all sides. Almost 5,000 climbers come every year from all over the world, and there are 220 routes that have been followed to the top. Today we were lucky that we saw climbers in several different locations.
We had lunch in the parking lot, and then set out for Cody, Wyoming, still 350 miles away. Along the way we slipped past Gillette, Wyoming, where hundreds of Airstreamers were gathering for the yearly International Rally. Some day we will go to that Airstream rally.
At Cody we got the last camping site in the Absaroka RV Park and quickly set up and headed out for downtown Cody. We did some shops and saw some of the downtown cowboy shoot ‘em up show in the streets. We ate at Irma Hotel built by Buffalo Bill Cody in 1902 -- a lovely and historic meal!
Tomorrow is an easy drive into Yellowstone! Come back to hear all about it!
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown