Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Walking back to the parking lot. This is the view off to...

The gang is prepared. We have a light jacket on but it's...

Hubby took this shot, I'm here too!

Hard to see, but quite remarkable that this can be 'shown' on...

Man running...

I like the owl...

An eagle & the Earth...

Someday the mountain will look like this!

Crazy Horse 2006

Crazy Horse 2007

Another 2007 shot...

Daytime 2008...

Evening 2008...

2009...

2010 Daytime...

2011 Evening, of course :)

2012 Daytime...

2012 Evening...

2013, don't know where my close-up shot went???

2014...

And finally, 2015...Definite differences in the front, about 150 feet have been...

Good shot of the lasers!

And my favorite shot taken over all of the years out on...


We pick up today with Part 2 of our visit to Crazy Horse Memorial. In Part 1 we visited the museum & viewed the film 'Dynamite & Dream's in the theater. We have seen this film many times. They updated it a couple of years ago & of course, you probably know that the family matriarch, Ruth Ziolkowski, passed away last year. A sad loss for sure. She shares interesting tidbits during the film. We enjoy this film so much that we purchased it last year, so if you are ever visiting with us & would like to view it just let us know :)

We've now returned to the parking lot & are seated in our chairs as we await the laser-light show "Legends in Light", a program that uses an 8,800-watt stereo system, twenty five 2,000-watt lights and three of the world's largest slide projectors. Presented nightly, at dark, from Memorial Day weekend through Native Americans’ Day in October, this laser-light show effectively turns the mountainside into a giant 500-foot “screen”.

Yesterday there were many comments about how they aren't making much progress on the mountain. So, out of curiosity I went all the way back to 2006 & started comparing each years photos. While doing so I noticed that the lights on the mountain seem to be growing dimmer. The scenes are not nearly as vibrant as they were in years past. Perhaps because the lights are growing dimmer with age??? Hmmmm, got me pretty curious. I also noticed that a few years back they changed the ending song to Lee Greenwood's 'I'm Proud to be an American'. It used to end with a Mannheim Steamroller tune.

It also appears that they have trimmed the tops off of a few trees. That is a good thing as it was blocking the view of the progress they are making down near the bottom. Of course they are now back on top, working on the hand area. Well, let's get on with a small sampling of some of the images displayed on the mountain. As I mentioned yesterday, you can't use a flash, I forgot my tripod & the lights don't seem to be as bright as they once were, but I think you'll still get an idea of what to expect. Just bring a chair, a jacket & something to eat/drink if desired. There is a snack bar available until 8pm & the 'show' begins at 8:30 right now. New time, earlier sunset! Enjoy, and have a wonderful day!



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