It was amazing weekend! I ran around Devils Tower.
Anchoring the northeast corner of Wyoming is the country's first national monument—Devils Tower. In 1906, President Teddy Roosevelt named the tower the United States' first national monument. Roosevelt made Dodge’s translation the tower’s official name, but along the way, the apostrophe in “Devil’s Tower” was dropped due to a clerical error. The error was never corrected, and to this day, the tower is simply called “Devils Tower.”
DT had a starring role in Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
DT isn’t simply tall—it’s also very wide. Its summit is around 180 feet by 300 feet—roughly the size of a football field—and the circumference of its base is around one mile.
DT is popular among rock climbing enthusiasts, who rely on its many parallel cracks to shimmy their way to the top.
DT has been a sacred site for Native Americans since they happened upon it centuries ago. Different tribes have different stories, but they're all very similar. The Lakota and the Kiowa tell a tale of two young girls who, while out playing, were spotted by seveal enormous bears who began to give chase. The girls, in an attempt to escape, climbed to the top of Devils Tower, and then fell to their knees and prayed to the Great Spirit to save them as the bears began to scale the rocks behind them. The Great Spirit raised the rock to the heavens, and as the cliff grew steeper, the bears fell backwards, their claw marks as they tried to hang on being the ridges on the side of the tower. Once the rock reached the sky, the girls were turned into stars-- the constellation we know today as the Pleiades!
В выходные бегала вокруг Devils Tower. Башня стала первым национальным монументом в США в 1906 году с легкой руки Призедента Рузвельта. Находится она в самом углу штата Вайоминг, там же где и знаменитый Йеллоустоун. Про штат напишу отдельно - он этого заслуживает. Башня прекрасна, она играла главную роль в фильме Стивена Спилберга «Близкие контакты третьей степени». А ещё это Мекка скалолазов. Они повсюду. В следующем посте расскажу несколько легенд, связанных с башней. #annjoyrunamazingplace #annjoyrunnp