Today’s adventure was to Mt Rushmore. After parking and heading up to the monument it began to sprinkle. We ducked into the gift shop for a bit and then braved the light rain which subsided finally.
It was cloudy off and on as we were walking the trail around the monument. We came across a museum building with a Ranger telling a very animated story of the artist and the sculpting of the faces. There were scale models of everything and the equipment used to create the faces. It was very interesting, well worth the walk.
A little trivia: The figure of Thomas Jefferson was originally started on Washington's right side. After 18 months of carving the figure of Jefferson had to be blasted off the mountain and restarted on Washington's left side. Also the governor of South Dakota was the person responsible for this immense project. He wanted a tourist attraction
for his state. And boy, was he spot on with that idea.
You can read more here about Mt. Rushmore,
and the artist Gutzon Borglum. Borglum was the artist that started the carving on STONE MOUNTAIN, GEORGIA but was fired from the job. Not a problem for him, because he went directly to South Dakota and started on these iconic sculptures.
It began raining more when we wanted to drive Needles Highway, so between the loss of sunlight and the raindrops on the windshield, we decided to head home and do this another day. We found a great deli for lunch at Jimmy Johns and later went in the Elks Lodge for drinks.