Devils Tower National Monument

Talk about iconic. Who doesn’t think of Close Encounters of the Third Kind when talking about Devils Tower? They even sell copies of the movie in the visitor center bookstore! Rising up from the plains, it is very distinctive. The striations in the sheer walls, nothing like it anywhere in sight, it is definitely unique.

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Our Whirlwind Tuesday

Originally I had planned on 3 days to visit Laramie, Scotts Bluff and Agate Fossil Beds. However, we had rain all day on Sunday. Then on Monday we had to take Kip to a vet to remove the staple stitches from his leg. So we ended up visiting Scotts Bluff and Agate on Tuesday (Fort Laramie was visited on Saturday). Finally I added Chimney Rock since it was only 40 minutes from Scotts Bluff. So here is how the day went. Continue reading “Our Whirlwind Tuesday”

Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming


Fort Laramie in eastern Wyoming was, in its day, the cross roads of America. For most of the 1800s it served the vast number of emigrants heading west as part of the great western migration. Four historic trails passed through it, the Oregon, California, Mormon, and the Pony Express. As the fort grew, it gained importance as the main military outpost in the Northern Plains, responsible for negotiating treaties with the Northern Plains Indians. It was also the communication and transportation hub for the northern Rocky Mountain region. Continue reading “Fort Laramie National Historic Site, Wyoming”