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Devil’s Tower, But No Devil (Day 48)

September 5th, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

Me: The big fella around?

Devil’s Tower Imp: Huh? Oh — no. He always says he’s coming and then we get the place all fixed up for him, but then he doesn’t show up.

Me: Huh.

Imp: Yeah, he’s kind of a jerk.

Me: Makes sense.

devils_towerYep, it’s a big ol’ weird-shaped granite monolith all right!

devils-tower_hay-balesYep, it’s a big ol’ weird-shaped granite monolith with hay bales in front of it all right!

I walked around it. There were rock climbers on it — not that there’s anything wrong with that. Relevant Indian tribes consider the thing to be the home of 100-foot-tall bears, which seems considerably cooler than lazily assigning it to Satan. Man, but I hope there are 100-foot-tall bears somewhere. Maybe at Boundary Waters?

(Meanwhile, it’s 95 degrees in North Dakota and I’m sweating on the keyboard in the campground. Hopefully no ticks crawl in through the USB ports.)


  1. Telkontar
    September 5th, 2009 at 22:45 | #1

    You sure those were not baby “towers”? Chrysalises for 100′ bears?

  2. September 6th, 2009 at 18:23 | #2

    Ooh — yeah, that’d be good.

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