Today was the start of our third and final leg. We had an early morning flight from Spokane to Denver and then a super long 6+ hour drive to Devil’s Tower.
Since most of the day was driving, let’s talk about our sweet rental car for this leg. At the Denver Hertz, they have the choose your own deal and we had reserved a compact. But, just as we got to the parking lot to pick our car, someone else took the last compact. So, we were told to pick a car from the full sized area. Michael spotted a hybrid Ford Fusion and so we went with that. It’s fancy! Our favorite feature is the adaptive cruise control. You set your cruise speed and if you get too close to a car in front of you, it automatically reduces your speed so you keep a set distance. So amazing! Definitely made these long drives easier. It also has auto windshield wipers and something Driver Alert which we had fun with. And it got great gas mileage.
Speaking of driving, Michael drives about 70% of the time. I was doing some driving in rural Wyoming on this day when we started to see a big storm cloud. We haven’t had service on our phones for most of the trip and certainly didn’t in the middle of nowhere. We had the SIRUS radio on, so nothing there was updating us on weather. As we got closer and closer the storm cloud looked worse and worse, but we kept going. The car in front of us suddenly turned around, but there were cars coming from the other direction. We turned on the radio and did find a local station that happened to be playing the severe thunderstorm warning message. Then, we at least knew what we were facing. I drove on through as there wasn’t exactly a place to stop or really even pull over on these country roads. No hail, but lots of wind and heavy rain. We made it! But, stay tuned as this is a trend that continues.
Once we finally did arrive at Devil’s Tower, we checked into the Devil’s Tower Lodge. Note: this is not a lodge affiliated with the park. It’s someone’s home. A bed and breakfast. Run by a local climber. It’s inside the park and has amazing views, but it was definitely a little strange. We and prepaid for dinner and had a very yummy home cooked meal overlooking the Tower. Then, we went down to see the prairie dogs, but they and gone to sleep. So, we did the hike around the base of the tower instead. Very nice!