The clouds last night were wonderful and looked like they were getting ready to produce something epic.
Luckily, they didn't give us anything more than some serious wind and beautiful photographs.
It was supposed to be a day of rest.....but it didn't turn out that way. We're just too near too many interesting areas to stay put in Beluga. We slept until we woke, had a lovely second cup outside in the sun, then came back in and did some prep work for dinner, ate lunch, played ball with you know who and set off to take in a few of the nearest sights.
|approach to Devil's Tower, America's first National Monument|
|this volcanic monolith rises more than 1200 feet above Wyoming's eastern plains|
|Dave approaches the boulder field at the foot of Devil's Tower|
|tiny fern peeks out of a crack in a huge boulder|
On our way out of the monument we passed through a Prairie Dog town. At first glance it looked like a pretty meadow with pink grasses and white flowers waving in the breeze. When we stopped and watched for a few minutes, we saw it was alive with little tan critters, racing from hole to hole, sitting up on their haunches, chattering and carefully choosing flowers to eat.
We left the National Monument and continued on a scenic loop back to Sundance via the Vore Buffalo Jump. We were looking for the tiny town of Aladdin (population 15) and a piece of homemade pie from Cindy B's cafe. Found it - closed...... No dessert for dinner tonight.
I hope you can read the picture of the plaque below. It describes what a Buffalo Jump is and how significant this particular one is to the archaeological knowledge of the Late Prehistoric Plains Indians.
|this picture is from the bottom of the sinkhole, looking up, Its much deeper than it looks|
|early excavations show layers of bones in this site|
|The Univ. of Wyoming has covered the area they are currently excavating to protect it and the archaeologists while they work.|
|today the students were working in mud, uncovering their previous work after the site flooded from recent heavy rains|