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 drive to the tower passes by a prairie dog town. They were watching us with careful eyes as we drove slowly by.
There are signs everywhere to remind you to not disturb the prayer bundles left all over the site.
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.
Every change of light brings a new look. You can see the tower from miles away.
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!
Tower Falls on the eastern loop of Yellowstone. It was a short touring day as we had to get back for our horseback ride.
As you can see there was a little snow in the pass. They have good snow plows!
The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is spectacular! From there we drove the loop back to Gardiner.
Cowgirls and Cowboy!
We drove up to Hell’s a Roaring ranch where we took a one hour trail ride and steak dinner. What an experience! I have been on a horse ONCE! So Dan was on a big black horse named Sasquach. My horse was Apollo. Lynn rode Rimrod. It was really exciting riding out across the mountains. It was not a wimpy ride! Scenery was like something out of a movie. I realized how hard it is to take photos when you’re afraid to let go of the saddle or the reins!
Sunday was geyser day. We drove down to Old Faithful. We stopped at Norris Basin and walked to boardwalk loop. It’s so surreal. You feel like you are standing on an unknown planet! I want to add more photos but the wifi is so spastic in our cabin. Cell service is the same way. I’ve been trying to upload these pics of Old Faithful for about thirty minutes. I have to move closer to the window, and I may have to find some good old aluminum foil and send Dan on the roof!
Victory in Victor! Just got to cabin in Victor, Idaho. Wifi works so here is the Geyserblog. Yay. I’ll catch up now. Haven’t had much time to blog anyway we go from sun up to sun down!
Tonto is our neighbor horse. Lynn made a new friend!
Last night Dan built a fire and we watched the sun go down. This photo was taken at 10:03pm from our perch on the river.
Still sitting outside you can see the crescent moon. The sun went down on the first day and we dreamt of the adventures to come.
View from our porch on Yellowstone River
Dinner at Iron Horse yum bison burger!
View from the Iron Horse bar eating dinner!
Plus JD (AKA Dan Hooper)
Thelma & Louise AKA Toni & Lynn are off on another adventure. This time we have a guest, JD, AKA Danny Hooper. We flew into Bozeman MT and drove to Gardiner where we have a cabin on the Yellowstone River. Wow what a place! The mountains are surreal. We started the journey with out traditional picnic. This time we landed at Sacajawea Park in Livingston. From there we drove to Gardiner, gateway to Yellowstone. Cell service and wifi are spotty but we really don’t miss it. I’m trying really hard to upload photos but they may have to wait until we go to town to get a better signal. It is so much better when you can see photos but unfortunately at 11:17pm here in the cabin, we aren’t getting enough signal soooo maybe tomorrow I can get photos to upload. In the meantime, we did make it safely. We had a great dinner at the Iron Horse and then came back to the cabin. Dan built a roaring fire as we sat on the deck overlooking Yellowstone River.
Sorry about the photos but I wanted to pass on an update. Will return soon. It’s morning we are headed to Yellowstone hopefully you will get this post!