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Mystery at Bear Butte

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"This is Bear Butte, South Dakota,
or Mato Paha in Lakota (Sioux) language . . .
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"It rained all the way to Bear Butte,
a sacred mountain in the Black Hills of South Dakota
where I have visited for many years.
The clouds were so thick,
I could not see the top or summit."

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"As I approached, the clouds grew thicker.
I was becoming sadly disappointed that
the summit was not visible . . .
but didn't realize that the surprise
of my life was also just ahead."

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"The closer I came, the thicker the clouds on top . . .
Hiding feelings of disappointment,
I was beginning to accept that the only thing
really important was just to be there,
and without expectations."

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"Much closer now, and still nothing visible on top . . ."

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"Parking the car,
I began the long trek up the side of the sacred mountain:
Mato Paha (Bear Butte) . . ."

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"The top half was not at all visible, and growing dimmer..."

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"The rain was also heavy, but higher I climbed . . ."

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"Who cared if it was raining!
I had been a few years since my last visit to Bear Butte.
It was like coming home to visit your Mother . . ."

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"Lifting my arms and waving for the clouds to dispense,
I began to chant an Indian prayer ~
My prayer was heard, for the rain stopped completely,
and the summit was becoming visible . . ."

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"By the time I had gotten to one of my favorite places,
the rain was completely gone,
and the clouds lifted to reveal Her mighty summit ~
I was recognized and welcomed into the comfort of Her arms once again . . ."

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"Within a matter of seconds,
I was gazing into the cleared summit
with stern yet happy eyes,
barely believing what I was seeing ~
I was blessed and rewarded with a clear view."

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"Without notice of time or hurry,
taking my time, I said my silent prayers,
and hung some tobacco offering on the tree
from my last visit..."

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"I descended once again to my car,
and chanced to look back.
The summit had completely covered over again,
and once again the rains started after I got into the car.
Another Bear Butte "coincidence"?
I'll leave it for you to be the judge,
for I know the real truth. . .

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