Impromptu Trip – Devil’s Tower, Sundance, and North Dakota

Folks might have noticed a lack of participation on my part during the last few days.  No blogging, no e-mails, no snarky comments, no FaceBook . . . but before a National Day of Thanks could be set up, I’m here to reassure . . . well, no one.  Still, I’ve not really quit the Internet; I’ve been traveling.  

On Friday morning the D’Alises woke up, and the ugly male part of the team yawned, rolled over, and whispered . . . “Wanna drive to North Dakota?”  I’m romantic that way.

Two and a half hours later we were in the car, heading up to knock off one more state toward Melisa’s goal to set foot in all 50 states.  Only four left as I write this.

Here we are . . . in the middle of nowhere.  Well, actually we're at the border between nowhere in South Dakota, and nowhere in North Dakota.

Here we are . . . in the middle of nowhere. Well, actually we're at the border between nowhere in South Dakota, and nowhere in North Dakota.

So, here is the thing . . . I am editing these pictures on my el-cheapo laptop.  I have no idea how these really look on a good monitor.  If the colors are off, processing is flawed, etc.  please do not hold me culpable.  If you really cared, you would buy me a decent laptop.

When I say "nowhere", I really do mean nowhere.

When I say "nowhere", I really do mean nowhere.

Mind you, this is my kind of driving.  There were other cars, but so few as to want to make me move up here.

Mind you, this is my kind of driving. There were other cars, but so few as to want to make me move up here.

You might get the idea we drove a thousand miles just to see a sign.  Well, yeah . . . but we also saw other stuff.

. . . The statue of The Sundance Kid in front of the Sundance, WY, Courthouse.  That's him in jail for horse thievery; it's where he decided to change his name to The Sundance Kid

. . . The statue of The Sundance Kid in front of the Sundance, WY, Courthouse. That's him in jail for horse thievery; it's where he decided to change his name to The Sundance Kid

We also visited Devil's Tower National Park.

We also visited Devil's Tower National Park.

Saw bones, like some other blogger I know

Saw bones, like some other blogger I know

Yes, I speak of “Beauty and the Bones“.  And I’ll also mention we did two trips around Devil’s Tower.  One was to cover all the scenery shots . . . 

One of hundreds of photographs of Devil's Tower that I now have to process.

One of hundreds of photographs of Devil's Tower that I now have to process.

The second pass was with Macro Lens in hand, drawing inspiration from Sarah Takes Pictures, and shooting nothing but macro shots of like lichen, and stuff.

The lichens

The lichens

Of course, I shot my normal stuff as well.

A neat little lake and associated cascades.

A neat little lake and associated cascades.

Like I said, hundreds of pictures.  I’ll pare them down as much as I can, and present them in future posts,

Tomorrow we visit Fort Laramie National Park, and then back home.  For those wondering about the snow in the picture . . . there were a number of places where snow still lingered, but the weather could not have been better.  It hit 70 each day, and the sun came out each day.  All and all, a wonderful three day excursion.  We plan on doing more.

Thanks for dropping by to check on me, and hope you enjoyed reading this precursor of posts to come.

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9 Responses to Impromptu Trip – Devil’s Tower, Sundance, and North Dakota

  1. Looks like fun. Sometimes those spur-of-the moment road trips are the best. Drove through South Dakota about 10 years ago but didn’t have time to stop and smell the roses. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. bluelyon says:

    I figured you were out of town, or had been arrested. Nice pictures. Great commentary Enjoy your trip!

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  3. AnnMarie says:

    A promise of more good pics to come . . .

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  4. AnnMarie says:

    Forgot to ask, is that a ‘special effect’ shot of the second photo of Devil’s Tower?

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    • disperser says:

      No, that is a RAW shot converted to JPG without the benefit of a good monitor. It was cloudy when we got there, so the lighting was crappy, but I had also bracketed the shots because of the low light, and on the laptop I could not tell which one is which.

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  5. Love the idea of waking up, rolling over, and deciding to go to North Dakota! Am wondering where you have not been…. Alaska?

    No close encounters of an alien kind, I take it. Oh well, better luck next time.

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    • disperser says:

      I misspoke; there are five states . . . Alabama, Arkansas, Rhode Island, Delaware, and Massachusetts. The North-East states will be knocked off around Thanksgiving. The other two . . . well, there’s just not much reason to go there, so probably when I retire, and we do our four month drive-around-the-US-thing.

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