Devils Tower National Monument
Overcast Views of Devils TowerThe path is paved and equipped for even the most leisure-savvy of hikers, but what made this experience so different from others was the weather.
It had just rained in the rolling hills of north eastern Wyoming, draping the scenery with a thin layer of fog and muting the natural colors to an overcast hue.
Then, within the fog was Devils Tower. Jutting up from the countryside the monument gave off an ominous and eerie effect, as though something dark loomed there. It reminded me of the 1940's classic Disney movie, Fantasia, and I shuffled to Night on Bald Mountain by Modest Mussorgsky, an iconic piece featured in the film.
Armed with raincoats, my father and I set out in the mist for the 2 mile walk around its base. About halfway through our hike we could see (and hear) the lightning and thunder rolling in across the plains, a scene that may discourage some, but excited us. When the rain finally started to drip down, it felt like we were exploring a secret and forbidden place rich with Native American history and forgotten by time.