A River Runs Through It

A River Runs Through It

We broke camp early this morning and beat the crowd to Devils Tower. We were halfway around the Tower before the gathering throngs passed us by. We were grateful for having the stillness of the monument to ourselves for as long as we did. Apparently, only one minute of “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” was filmed on site. A further 18 minutes for the decontamination scene were filmed where the KOA that we stayed at last night is now. Most of the final sequence was filmed in an old blimp hanger in Alabama. Today’s was an easy drive. We’ve been listening to “A River Runs Through It” and other stories by Norman Maclean as we drive west. The title story is all about fly fishing and our campsite tonight reminds me so much of his stories. Tonight we are camping in the Big Horn Mountains, at 7780 feet. The mountain peaks are still covered in snow. We’re staying at the National Forest Service South Fork Campground, along the “Sweet 16” and right along the South Clear Creek. I mean, I’ll be taking a bath if I fall the wrong way getting out of the tent. We will take Wyoming state highway 16 to Yellowstone tomorrow. It is supposed to be one of the most scenic drives in the state. This is far and away our best campsite of the trip so far and we’ve had some pretty good ones too. I’m praying that our Yellowstone site is at least half as good and not like our last camping trip to Shawnee, where the crazy women leading the partying party across the road from us, kept yelling, “Ed if you’re not back in 15 minutes then there will be no dinner for you. Ed do you hear me? Ed!” Oh by the way, Crazy Women seems to be a thing out here. Not sure why. I’ll have to ask. We’re in bear country now.

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