In 2001 I took a nine-month road trip around the US. My intent was to travel to difficult-to-visit places.

Most of the vast state of Wyoming was new to me. Yellowstone lived up to its reputation of natural beauty. The drive through the Shoshone Forest was breathtaking but freezing cold and snow covered – in June. While the Cody rodeo and Buffalo Bill museum mesmerized me, the absolute highlight was the Devil’s Tower.

The dramatic ending of one of my favorite films, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, had been filmed there. That trip I saw it outdoors with the real tower not far behind the screen.