Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Devils Tower - Vacation 1965

 When I was a young girl we were fortunate to take a family vacation almost every year.  In 1965, my Dad, Mom, sister, and I traveled West to visit, 
Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone National Park, and Devils Tower National Monument. (a laccolith formation). Devils Tower is located in the northeastern part of Wyoming.
We were all excited to go.  Mom thought it would be fun to try camping.  We bought a tent that slept four.  We bought a Coleman Stove and sleeping bags.  We had a Ford Woody Station Wagon and it was packed!  Dad had built a "topper" for the car.  We kept the tent and sleeping bags in there, plus any camping stuff.   I remember seeing Mt. Rushmore, traveling to Devils Tower.  The Devils Tower is very impressive.  We arrived early in the morning....not sure if there were too many things to do at Devils Tower....so, we took the hike around the base.  It was lovely...everything was dew covered with the sun shining, cool temperatures, not many people walking the trail.....a perfect time to be there.

As a kid, it seemed one heard a lot about Yellowstone National Park and Old Faithful.  We stayed in the Old Faithful Lodge......And, Old Faithful was amazing.  One night we stayed in a cabin.  On our way out of the park, we decided to grill hamburgers in a small picnic area....a little farther away from the Lodge and geyser.  We were able to pull our car close to the picnic table...While our hamburgers were cooking....we noticed a couple of small bears wandering our way...they were checking out what might have been left behind and kept coming closer to our site....they crawled up on the picnic table and knocked our Coleman stove over and enjoyed our hamburgers....(we were in the car watching them tear up the hamburger bun bag and trying to open the baked beans in a can....) they sauntered off searching for the next picnic table....true life Yogi Bears!   We picked up the mess and ate saltines.  I remember driving higher in the mountains and finding snow in July!  On this same trip, we drove to the Redwoods, Yosemite, Salt Lake City and saw the Great Salt Lake.  It was a " quick" two week trip!  
Phil has not been to Yellowstone or any of these places that I had gone to, but, we plan on Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone and Glacier National Park, foregoing, Yosemite and the Redwoods and Salt Lake City....seeing, the Sequoias and Southern California....