Monday, 24 November 2014

Devils to Angels

Hello there!
It's been a rather grey week here in the north of Scotland but I have been dreaming of the blue skies of the Mid West that we were enjoying up until so recently. Would you like to see some more of them?
At the end of my last post I showed you some photos of the cozy hotel we stopped at in Hulett, Wyoming. In one of the photos you can see it is called Devils Tower Inn. That is because it is just 13 miles away from Devils Tower National Monument. This was declared the first ever US National Monument back in 1906 by President Roosevelt and is a place with an interesting history amongst both the Native tribes and the more recent settlers to the area.
It was another cold morning when we set out from the hotel...
We drove through beautiful countryside, these are the eastern plains of Wyoming...
... complete with grazing longhorn cattle...
Then we saw it...
Rising 1,267 feet above the surrounding terrain - WOW! It just got more impressive the closer we got. Spike & Soph wanted their picture taken with it too...
We parked in the parking lot of the visitors center run by the Parks Service...
... and went inside to learn more about this atmospheric place. It is considered a sacred place by the Lakota, Kiowa, Arapahoe, Crow, Cheyenne, & Shoshone tribes who all have ties to this area. One of the native legends about the tower's origins tells of seven girls who were playing outside their village when a great bear came on them. They ran from the bear & climbed on a rock praying to the rock to save them. The rock grew upwards & the bear jumped up to get the girls scratching the sides of the rock, which continued to grow pushing the girls into the sky where they became the constellation The Pleiades. In the winter night skies this constellation is right above Devils Tower. 
Today many people come to climb the Tower - can you spot a group of them in the photo below?
How about the tiny figure on the summit?
Down the road from the visitors center is a fairly new installation. It is known as The Sacred Circle of Smoke and is by Japanese artist, Junkyu Muto. Carved from white marble & standing 12 feet tall when viewed from the right angle it frames Devils Tower like this...
The trail out to it goes through a large prairie dog town - because this is National Park land they are protected so very plump and unconcerned about humans! They just carried on with their day as we walked past a few feet away...
Well although we could've spent much longer here in the peaceful park it was time to get on the road because we had over 500 miles to cover to reach our next stop - my cousins' place in Montana (the angel in our title ;-)). Wyoming is the tenth largest state in terms of area but has the smallest population - just 582,658 lucky folks live here according to the 2013 census. This translates to miles & miles of stunning, empty countryside, vistas that stretch for miles, like this...
Although this isn't totally representative as there are two other cars on the road in this pic ;-)
About 3 hours up the road we came to the state line...
A big part of my roots are here as this is where my dad's side of the family come from. We headed north through more beautiful countryside, is it just me or does this grain elevator look like an Enderman?
Longhorn Nation? We must be getting close!
We turned onto the dirt road leading to my cousins' farm. It is stunningly beautiful out here...


Round the last bend and there, nestled in the trees, is our destination...


Home sweet home for the next week! It's also the new home for this little guy...
He's a wee MacScarecrow boy I made for my cousin's daughter from a Jean Greenhowe pattern. I think she liked him ;-) 
Well I'm going to leave it there for today... I hope you enjoyed this leg of our journey - I'll be back soon with some crafty goodies to share with you! :-) Have a great week!








































2 comments:

  1. Fabulous pictures & such cute & funny crochet ;)

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    1. Thanks Mii! I really enjoyed making this little guy, I have more patterns by this lady so watch this space ;-) Have a great week,
      Helen x

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