I almost decided to skip Devils Tower after my “meh…” reaction to Mt Rushmore. I really thought you’d be able to hike the hills around the memorial to get a close up look at the presidents’ chins. Nope. So, the fact that you can get right up on Devils Tower makes it extra fucking awesome. You need to get a permit to climb beyond the boulder line, but that because they document all technical climbing on the tower since 1937 or so.
Now here’s your postcard…
I’m getting really frustrated with the Internet connection at these goddamned KOA sites. It’s the 21st century. Cellphones and Internet have been around for a while. Join us in the future, the water is nice and has 4 bars of 3G! More tomorrow sometime.
Woke up last night and my right eye was killing me, like something had gotten in there. It was freezing cold and the tent walls were wet with condensation. I thought a bug might have been burrowing in my eye so I took some pictures go see what was up.
So there’s nothing in there, I crawled back into my bag, something brushed past my arm, and I completely freaked the fuck out. Waking up at 3am doesn’t leave me my most aware, so it was probably just a strap on my sleeping bag. Rest of the night wad uneventful, just cold and damp.
Talked to Canaduan Bob and his son Ben while packing up my site. They were rock climbing on the tower yesterday. I’m so jealous. I need to try that on the next visit. They weren’t scaling the shear columns, but some of the easier lower thirds of the tower. They had a guide that did all the hard work and it sounded like it was a blast.