We finally had a day off where we didn’t have to go to Spearfish or Rapid City and the weather allowed us to get out and hike the Joyner Ridge Trail here at Devils Tower.
The moderately difficult trail is a one and a half mile loop through Ponderosa Pine forest and open Prairie with terrific views of Devils Tower.
At ten in the morning there was an absence of wildlife and we didn’t see any snakes, although it was bright and sunny. We saw plenty of small butterflies today. But while the forest and prairie are lush and green, flowers here are not plentiful or large, I couldn’t resist taking some closeups of the tiny flowers.
Now that we have finally hiked the last of the trails here, we feel ready for our last days at Devils Tower. After tomorrow we have four more volunteer working days here and then bright and early Thursday morning we will pull out and make our way up to North Dakota where we will be camp hosts at the North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park for two months.
Excitement is building in both Ken and I about this next assignment because we have been looking forward to it for quite awhile now and everyone that we meet who have been there says it’s beautiful there… so we can’t wait to see it!
For now, please enjoy the final nature pictures of our amazing time here at Devils Tower. It’s been a fun and challenging two months!
Dorothy and Ken