We stayed at a truck stop very close to Mt. Rushmore last night in order to go to the monument first thing in the morning. As it turns out, it was a VERY good thing that we went early! The annual Sturgis Bike Rally was the same weekend and boy was it packed!!! We got to Rushmore around 9 am and by Noon, it was completly packed with bikers and other normal tourists! We went from plenty of elbow room, to sardines in a couple of hours... and more were driving that way! Mental note to all: Don't plan on visiting Mt. Rushmore area the same week that the Sturgis Bikers are there unless you go by motorcycle!
The kids schoolwork for the day consisted of earning their Jr. Ranger Badges, which they had a blast doing! Then we hit the road for the journey to Louisville, KY.