26 June 2007

Trek to Ohio - Devil's Tower

The next stop in our trek to Ohio was Devil's Tower. I'd never even heard of this national monument before. There is a restaurant in Waverly, OH (the town we are living) called "Dakotas" which has a chocolate cake "Devil's Tower" which I heard about when I was here in March. Then when we were planning our trek to Ohio I found that there was a national monument by the same name in Wyoming. I'm not sure what this has to do with the Dakotas though.

A big deal was made about how this monument was/is a place of worship for Native Americans. To recognize this, June is the month for a voluntary observation of a climbing ban. When we were there, there were still several people climbing the rock. According to the brochure, the fastest free climb was 18 minutes! I don't care who you are, that's just insane!!

I didn't remember this, but this monument appeared on Close Encounters of the Third Kind. According to Wikipedia, it's coordinates were incorrectly referred to as 40°36′10″N, 104°44′30″W. It really bothers me that Spielberg couldn't get this right. I mean, really, how hard could it be? Is it too much to ask to ask for some accuracy in our science fiction films? Anyway, here are some pictures for your enjoyment...

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