I was trying to add a picture of Bunny to the previous post but for some reason the picture disappeared! I walked across the street to the lodge where I had to perch on the stair landing and I guess cross my fingers and pat my head! The desk clerk finally went upstairs and turned the router off and on. Voila! Bunny’s picture reappeared! So here she is. She sent this photo as she was leaving to make a presentation to the elementary school.
We were told by Bunny Sings Wolf, a Lakota healer and our new maske’, which is a noun for female friend of a woman, that Mato Tipila which means bear lodge is the Lakota name for Devils Tower. It is sacred ground for not only the Lakota but all Native Americans. It is a most awe inspiring place. It is steeped in history and whispers the voices of the ancestors who came before us. It rises some 1200 feet above the Belle Fourche River. It is composed of Phonolite which is supposed to “sing” when struck by a hammer.
Lynn and I were up and at the tower at sunrise. Valuable lesson: being at the base of the tower at sunrise does not make for a good sunrise photo. In spite of that, we were the only humans there and it was both eerie and energizing.
The month of June is designated as a sacred time and climbers voluntarily stay off the mountain. We don’t know why, but when we were there, three climbers were making their way to the top. If you look closely you will see them.
Lynn and I had a stone massage with Bunny Sings Wolf. She is a gifted Lakota healer, but she is also an incredible artist and musician. She has deep Lakota roots and is very active in preservation of the tower and the ceremony connected to it. You can read more about this nation’s first national monument by simply googling Devils Tower. Spend some time and read the legends. And plan a trip in your future. Well worth it.
Advice from the Tower by Ilan Shamir
Reach for the sky
Stand up for yourself
Tell stories of the past
Stay strong together
Be respectful of Sacred Places
Be rock solid!
We took Dan to Bozeman airport Sunday and headed east to Devils Tower. We had no wifi and no cell at Lytle Creek, our B & B just a couple of miles from the park. It was a beautiful place. I’m writing now from the cabin at Custer State Park still no wifi so photos will be limited.
We highly recommend it. Quiet, quaint and down a dirt road from Devils Tower. It’s a ten minute drive to Hulett, population of about 500! But the eating there was excellent and Lynn and I each had a stone therapy massage from Bunny Sings Wolf, a Lakota healing woman. That’s a whole other blog!
The ride to Bozeman was just as spectacular as every other place we have been. We stopped by the Gallatin River for Dan’s last picnic. He is coming back to Tennessee tomorrow. We stopped in Big Sky, MT and walked 2mile hike down to Ousel Falls. It was well worth the hike. I took my Canon camera so the photos you see today came from Lynn’s iPhone. She has become quite the photographer.
When we got to the falls two guys came up carrying their kayaks. We thought they were crazy, but, they put them in the water right under the falls. We got to see them go for a way. Can’t post the video, sorry. Now we are in Bozeman getting ready to watch the Preds kick butt.
We have to leave Birdsong Cottage today. Jennifer our hostess was fabulous. I highly recommend a stay there if you want peace and quiet near the Tetons.
Next check in will be Bozeman
Friday we drove back over Teton Pass to the park. There is still a bit of snow up there.
On the way back there was a traffic jam which usually means an animal sighting. This time it was down an embankment, a mom grizzly and two cubs! Lynn stopped the car and I jumped out to join the crowd. I caught a glimpse of them through the trees. If you look closely you can barely see the dark fur.