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May 24, 2013 - Day 10 : The alternative Rushmore - Crazy Horse, a train ride and back to Rushmore at night

A day trip out 10 miles in the other direction from Rushmore to see the even more monumental task - the First Nations monument, Crazy Horse. This has been under way now for 60+ yrs. The sculptor originally worked at the 4 heads monument, went off to war and when he came back was commissioned by the First Nations to produce a monument to their history - he chose to sculpt an entire mountain! He worked for 10 yrs on his own, and later had the support of his ever increasing family (to 10 kids) as well as some other helpers. Never more than 10...

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May 23, 2013 - Day 9 : A day out at Mt Rushmore

The memorial site was just 5 miles round the corner from our excellent campsite. An awesome site (and sight) and many years sustained work, which eventually ran out of money and government resolve at the time of the US joining WW2 in 1941. The pictures speak for themselves - there should have been more detail e.g. collars and ties and shoulders and hands, but see above.

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May 22, 2013 - Day 8 : Buffalo to Mt Rushmore - a day on the road again, including a close encounter

Just a day on the road to get to Rushmore, but then realised we were passing Devil's Tower. Couldn't resist the temptation to detour a few miles to take this in. (Surely everyone has seen 'Close encounters of the 3rd kind'?) This rises a straight 1500+ft above the surrounding hills/land (which are themselves some 4000ft above sea level). Reflection: we have now driven thousands of kilometres on 4 lane interstates - rarely seeing another car except near towns and villages. (a) what phenomenal and vast resources the US has put into its...

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Oct 21, 2012 - Mount Rushmore National Memorial

Mount Rushmore National Memorial Well, again, it’s been four years since we visited Mt. Rushmore and, of course, it was breathtaking. We saw it in the evening which is spectacular because they light up the Memorial 30 minutes after the sun goes down and keep it lit for about an hour. So beautiful. It was a gorgeous evening, clear and 63 degrees. We’re going back tomorrow to visit during the day, do the hike and, of course, hit the gift shop. Did You Know? The four figures carved in stone on Mount Rushmore represent the first 150 years of...

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Sep 4, 2012 - Keystone, SD

Day Four: Destination - Mt. Rushmore and the Black Hills Soundtrack: James Taylor, John Mayer, Glee, Jimmy Buffet, and Steppenwolf Nicholas has thus far been unsuccessful at cooling down the engine, but some of the Volkswagon gods have told him that Pumbaa's engine is running at a similar temperature to their busses and he should stop freaking out about it. Then his dad said the same thing. So, hopefully we can rest a little easier during these next few thousand miles. After spending part of the afternoon in the Menards parking lot trying...

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Aug 19, 2012 - Badlands & Mt Rushmore

Took the Badlands loop off I-90. Such an awesome sight. Miles and miles of rugged peaks and canyons. Also stopped at an 1880 Old Town for lunch and to see the village and props from Dances With Wolves. Fun lunch in an old train diner car. Arrived late afternoon at Mt. Rushmore and stayed for the evening lighting and pledge of allegiance ceremony. Very moving.

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Aug 7, 2012 - Busy group .....

Well, I’m a little behind in my updates. I suppose the pictures really tell the story! Now that your eyes have recovered from the “R” rated entry from Monday we can move on to the normal views of this trip. The gang walked the streets of Sturgis on Monday doing a little shopping, people watching and having lunch. After lunch the Goldwing gang went back home to chill and the Harley gang partied on. Now I’m not going to tell tales because it was posted on Facebook but one of the ladies did have a little airbrushing done. Don’t look for a...

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Sturgis 2012

Jul 31, 2012 - Mount Rushmore, SD

We stopped in Keystone, just north of Mount Rushmore, where we visited the Borglum Historical Center we learned about Gutzon Borglum and all of his sculptures, how he sculpted Mount Rushmore and his effort to sculpt Stone Mountain Georgia. A fascination with gigantic scale and themes of heroic nationalism suited his extroverted personality. His head of Abraham Lincoln, carved from a six-ton block of marble, was exhibited in Theodore Roosevelt's White House and can be found in the United States Capitol Crypt in Washington, D.C. A patriot,...

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Jul 15, 2012 - Molten Magma, Indian Legends and the Presidents

We struck out early on Sunday to begin our trek home. We have a couple of stops along the way. Our journey took us through some more incredible Wyoming landscape. One minute you think you must've gone the wrong way and somehow ended up back in the Arizona desert, next you feel as if you are on a totally different planet all together, then you pass a little green oasis that becomes a little town, then more desert. Finally you start climbing up the side of a canyon and into the mountains, gaining over 5,000 feet, to almost 10,000 feet to pass...

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Westward Bound

Jun 8, 2012 - Mount Rushmore

We had an easy morning at the camper this morning, then headed into Rapid City for lunch, before going to Mount Rushmore. Rapid City calls itself the “City of Presidents” because they have bronze statues of every former president on the street corners of downtown. The statues are all posed depicting some important event or theme of their presidency. Truman, for instance, is holding up the newspaper that (prematurely) declared “Dewey defeats Truman”!! In the pictures, you’ll see Betty helping Thomas Jefferson write the Declaration of...

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May 27, 2012 - That place with the presidents carved into the mountains

I am writing this from the back bench of the PV, driving from Mt. Rushmore to Devil’s Tower. Garrett is doing an excellent job driving, despite high winds, winding and hilly roads and breaks that sound like they could just give up at any moment. After leaving the Corn Palace yesterday, we ventured on across South Dakota. I’m not going to lie. It is not the most beautiful drive until the western reaches of the state. Then it the landscape becomes remarkable. After crossing the Missouri River, we stopped at Al’s Oasis for gas and for fear...

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Yellowstone

Oct 27, 2011 - At Mt. Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore was created as a tourist attraction to bring prosperity to South Dakota. In 1923, Doane Robinson, superintendent of South Dakota's historical society, envisioned a massive sculpture that would include figures of the old west, such as Lewis and Clark, along with Sioux warriors and chiefs. Sculptor Gutzon Borglum was hired to create the monument, and it was he who convinced Robinson and the financial backers that four great Presidents would be a more suitable national monument. Another mountain was also originally proposed, but...

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