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Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota

After the whole Wind Cave adventure, we hit the road again, towards Devils Tower in Wyoming!  First, we drove by the Crazy Horse Memorial, the world's largest sculpture, and took some pictures. They have been carving this mountain for over 50 years, and exist solely on private donations and visitors fees. It was too late in the day to go in, so we just took some pictures and moved on.   Heading out of town, we saw a roadside stand offering firewood for sale..  large tied-off bundles of logs for $5 each,  or 5 for $20.  For the size of the bundles it was a bargain, so I dropped a $20 bill in the coffee can "honor box" on the card table, and Tyler helped me load the bundles under the cargo net in the truck bed.

Approaching Devils Tower
   While we were loading, I saw someone in the back yard, so I waved and pointed to the can- I wanted them to retrieve the cash, lest it be too tempting for the next person who happened by!

Devils Tower is the biggest thing in the area, it loomed up on the horizon as we approached it. We stayed at the Devils Tower KOA, right at the base of the mountain. This is the location where Stephen Speilberg filmed "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", a movie they show every night at the campground. We had a great site next to a redrock wall by a river.  There were deer and rabbits roaming freely around the campground. It was warm but  very windy, and the area was so dry campfires were not allowed, so we had to break out the camp stove to cook some burgers.  It was very buggy out, so I lit several citronella candles.   They don't go after Dawn at all, but for some reason they were eating me alive!

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Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota
Crazy Horse Memorial, South Dakota
Approaching Devils Tower
Approaching Devils Tower
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bunch of dead trees here...previo…
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it's all part of nature's plan!
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Here's an interesting formation c…
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It's the same shape as Devil's To…
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It has an interesting hard white …
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There's the real one!
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Good spot to bed down for the nig…
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This is where "Close Encounters O…
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