Devils Tower is monolith of rock in the middle of rolling hills. This is remarkable enough but even more so when you get close enough to see the vertical striations and geometric structure of the tower. The first white man to climb the tower was a rancher who wedged sticks into the side to form a makeshift ladder, we saw some better equipped climbers tackling the rock. We were content to stay on solid ground and merely walk a mile around the base.
The rest of the day was a long, laborious drive through ever changing landscape. From the Black Hills covered in pines, to the mountains with lovely streams and vicious mosquitos, to the dry dusty plains with wild horses grazing on sage to arrive in the Wild West town of Cody, Wyoming.