Idaho Move Day 3

Today I went to Devil’s Tower in northeastern Wyoming.

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According to the pamphlet I received upon entering the park, One day an Indian tribe was camped beside the river and seven small girls were playing at a distance. The region had a large bear population and a bear began to chase the girls. They ran back towards their village, but the bear was about to catch them. The girls jumped upon a rock about three feet high and began to pray to the rock, “Rock, take pity on us; Rock, save us.” The rock heard the pleas of the young girls and began to elongate itself upwards, pushing them higher and higher out of reach of the bear. The bear clawed and jumped at the sides of the rock, but broke its claws and fell to the ground. The bear continued to jump at the rock until the girls were pushed up into the sky, where they are, to this day, in a group of seven little stars (the Pleiades constellation). The marks of the bear claws are there yet, too. As one looks upon the Tower and contemplates its uniqueness, it isn’t hard to imagine this legend as fact.

I’m sure there’s some scientific reasoning behind the tower’s formation, but I find the above story much more interesting.

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I first learned about Devil’s Tower from TV. I was watching some nature show on cool things to see in the U.S. or something like that. Supposedly, TV ads 10 pounds. This may be the case when it comes to people, but not when it comes to Devil’s Tower (meaning the tower looked a hell of a lot bigger in real life than on TV).

And yes, this is the tower from Steven Spielberg’s Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

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A 45 minute trail surrounds the entire tower.

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On the backside of the tower there were mountain climbers. I’d love to do that but don’t have the time or money to train.

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Opposite the tower were some terrific views:

View 1

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View 2

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I saw this weird looking bug on the trail. I took its picture and then pushed at it with a leaf. It started moving. A man began walking towards me. I dropped the leaf and started moving too.

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Prairie dog time!

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The speed limit in Wyoming is 80.

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I go 99 and drive on E.

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I talked on the phone with my friend while driving through Wyoming. I told him about Devil’s Tower and how it was one of the coolest things I’d ever seen.

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We also talked about driving across the U.S. and how many amazing sites there are to see.

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I love driving across the country. It helps me process things. I get in a rhythm while driving and zone out. Watch the road. Stare at the scenery. And forget about things like the 19 year-old who was murdered right outside my old Chicago apartment.

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Being away from Chicago makes me feel less connected with all the world’s problems, issues, etc., but more connected with nature and people. I don’t know where I’ll end up living for the rest of my life, but I think I’ll be happy living out west for the next three years.

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I’ve killed a lot of bugs on this trip.

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We interrupt this blog post for some Major Montana Mountainage:

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Major Montana Mountainage 2

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Major Montana Mountainage 3

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I ended up booking another room from that website Air BnB.

$62 / night

Bozeman, Montana

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I love the houses in this neighborhood. They all have a unique look to them. Anyway, here’s the bedroom.

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Bathroom.

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Downtown.

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Copper Whiskey Bar and Grill.

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After I got back from dinner, I talked a bit with the man and woman who own the house. They are very nice. I gave them a copy of my book. I love meeting genuinely nice people. I don’t feel like I ever really do. But they’re out there. Living seemingly happy lives in cities that offer them the lifestyle they enjoy.

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8 Comments Idaho Move Day 3

  1. AvatarIsaiah

    Please tell me there was a bear claw stand at the base of the tower. If not, someone is missing out on a prime business spot. Location, my friend…..and bear claws. I can always go for a bear claw.

    Safe travels!

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    1. jlsarnajlsarna

      Haha!! There were some souvenir shops right near the entrance. Now I’m wondering if any sell bear claws.

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  2. AvatarLauren

    My cousins lived in Bozeman for four years! We road tripped it out there every summer and stayed with them, and that looks like their house. Pretty funny. I hope you get to go to Yellowstone!

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    1. jlsarnajlsarna

      Bozeman is an awesome town!! If your aunt’s name is Alison, I might have stayed there. Didn’t get to go to Yellowstone. Been there before though. Love it!

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  3. AvatarIris

    Mmm… that food looks good.

    Those are some beautiful views (I was wondering what the Devil’s Tower was when you mentioned it on your previous post). I love the house’s architecture. Very unique, indeed.

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    1. jlsarnajlsarna

      Good question.

      I found this in Wikipedia:

      “Tribes including the Arapaho, Crow, Cheyenne, Kiowa, Lakota, and Shoshone had cultural and geographical ties to the monolith before non-native Americans reached Wyoming. Their names for the monolith include: Aloft on a Rock (Kiowa), Bear’s House (Cheyenne, Crow), Bear’s Lair (Cheyenne, Crow), Daxpitcheeaasáao, “Home of bears” (Crow[6]), Bear’s Lodge (Cheyenne, Lakota), Bear’s Lodge Butte (Lakota), Bear’s Tipi (Arapaho, Cheyenne), Tree Rock (Kiowa), and Grizzly Bear Lodge (Lakota).

      Devils Tower, 1900
      The name Devil’s Tower originated in 1875 during an expedition led by Col. Richard Irving Dodge when his interpreter misinterpreted the name to mean Bad God’s Tower, which then became Devil’s Tower.[7] All information signs in that area use the name “Devils Tower”, following a geographic naming standard whereby the apostrophe is eliminated.[8]”

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