Take the Long Way Home – Part 6

Sorry for being gone so long! We had a lot of stuff going on with family and friends and, frankly, I was kind of tired of writing about the trip so I needed a break. But there is a lot more to share so let’s jump right in, shall we?

South Dakota (Part 3) – Mt. Rushmore(!!!!!)

I have wanted to visit Mt. Rushmore for as long as I could remember. I remember as a kid learning about it in school and just being fascinated by the idea of this giant sculpture carved into a mountain. I could not wait to get there.

First you drive through this cute little town at the foot of the Black Hills called Keystone. We didn’t get to stop there but if we get to go back, this is definitely a place I’d like to visit.

Getting closer! (Moving car = blurry picture.)

We’re here!! This was taken from the road driving up to the monument entrance.

I admit I geeked out and got a little teary-eyed. It was more beautiful than I had ever imagined.

We walked the trail that takes you up closer to the monument and there are a few little stops along the way, including this little cave…

And this tepee where the park rangers host talks about the Native Americans that reside in the Black Hills and share historical facts and information about the area.

And then there’s the artist’s studio where you can see the actual model Borglund based the monument on. I guess they were originally supposed to have torsos?

Just superfluous scenery shots of the Black Hills.

*Sigh*  I really loved being here.

This nice lady offered to take a picture of both of us (we hadn’t wanted to bring in our tripod) in front of the monument. Thank you, nice lady!

And then we had to leave. =(  But check out this gorgeous scenery along the way! Holy smokes, that’s beautiful!

 

A few miles from Mt. Rushmore is the Crazy Horse Memorial. We didn’t go there but you could see it from the road. Pretty cool.

That’s it for now! I promise not to take as long for the next part of the trip.

Peace out!

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