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Sep 1, 2011 - From Deadwood to hangin' with the dead Presidents and one Crazy Horse

After a night of revelry in Deadwood, we were off to see Mt Rushmore National Monument. In spite of seeing many photos of this in history books, there really is nothing like the real thing. The story of how it was built was made even more interesting by meeting Nick Clifford, who worked on the monument from 1938 to 1940. Yes, that makes him about 90 years old and he was at the visitor center with his book "Mt Rushmore Q & A". Of course I bought one and yes he signed it. Relics like this man are not going to be with us forever. From there we...

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Aug 13, 2011 - Tennessee Bound

One last time Henry Lake, one more time back to Yellowstone and then making our way back home. We had a great time, and I hope you enjoyed our photo journal. America IS beautiful and we enjoyed seeing a good part of it. Although most of the roads were bumpy and full of pot holes, thus as life, you go over them and make the best of it, being thankful for the opportunity for the experiences. Till the next time, see ya'll!

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Tennessee Bound

Jul 26, 2011 - Rocks and Mountains

Random, I have decided, is the best word to describe South Dakota. Everything there is singular. We started out our morning (after the symphony of slammed doors at the hotel) at a bizarre landmark, Wall Drug in the town of Wall. It’s a drug store/tourist attraction, and that right there tells you how weird South Dakota is. Wall is famous for several things, as I understand it, and one of them is that you can have a free glass of ice water when you go there. We did, of course. Wall, where we stayed last night, is fortuitously located near...

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Domedreamer Wanders

Jul 26, 2011 - Mt. Rushmore

We stopped at a rest area because there was a big lightning storm and the kids wanted to watch so somewhere in the middle of South Dakota (Presho?) we stopped, the kids watched a storm and I went to sleep. When we woke up, we decided to get going while the kids were still sleeping, so we were off and they slept. We arrived at a town called Wall and stopped so I could make breakfast. Unfortunately, the roads were very bumpy and half scrambled eggs went all over the place. I went back to bed. Bill cleaned up, fed the kids and I continued to...

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Jul 18, 2011 - Mr Rushmore and CrazyHorse Monument

Beautiful drive through the Black Hills of SD to Rushmore. Can I say hot?like 105 degrees. Rushmore was amazing. The place was packed. We hiked around the Presidential Trail and topped it off with a bowl of buffalo stew for lunch. Yum Yum. From there we drove 17 miles to Crazy Horse Monument. Crazy Horse sculpture is so enormous you can put all the 4 heads of the presidents at Rushmore in his. Crazy Horse sculptors are currently working on the horse he will be sitting on. If you ever go there, take the school bus. The driver is very...

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Jul 15, 2011 - Mount Rushmore

The first order of business was to renew driver’s licenses so it was off to the DMV up in Rapid City. Next we headed to the Elk Vale Road branch of the Black Hills Federal Credit Union to open an account. All that took much longer than Jordon had hoped. So the day wouldn't be all work and no fun, we went to Mount Rushmore. We've been here several times before but it was a first for Jordon. We took the trail along the base of the monument and got some good pictures. We stayed for the ceremony retiring the colors and then headed to Walmart...

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Jul 14, 2011 - Mount Rushmore, SD, USA

We met with the rest of the caravan for the first time today. It seems like it will be another great group of people. We know 5 of the 15 couples from previous trips. We took a wagon ride to a chuck wagon dinner tonight. We had a cowboy do a little singing and then had a steak, potato, baked bean and peach cobbler dinner. It was wery tasty. We then rode over to Mount Rushmore for the evening show. As part of the show they light up the faces on Mount Rushmore, sing the National Anthem, and invite all veterans to come up on stage. Very...

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Jul 11, 2011 - Crazy Horse Mountain & Black Hills Hiking

Hi everyone: Well sorry once again for the delay in sending out this Update but there was little to no Internet Service at our previous stop. I usually say this about this time in our trip "How can anyone live without a fast Internet Connection"??. Well we left the Badlands and headed further West into the Black Hills so named for the way they appeared to the Plains Indians as the sun set in West. Our Four Day Stop at the Rafter J Ranch in Hill City gave us plenty to see and do and I have already spoken about the freak Ice Storm that we had...

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Jul 8, 2011 - Mt. Rushmore/Black Hills

Hi everyone: ******Sorry for the delay in getting this Update out but where we are in the Black Hills has horrible Wi-Fi Service. An Update Entry normally takes me about one hour but I have been working on this one for three hours and this is all I have to send you. We will be moving to Deadwood and Sturgis, SD on Monday and when we get better reception/transmission I will add the pictures and other information for the past three days. Before I leave I have to tell you about our experience upon arriving here. We left the Badlands about...

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Jun 17, 2011 - Black Hills National Forest & Mt. Rushmore, SD

June 17th to June 21st - Black Hills, South Dakota: On Friday, June 17th, we left the Badlands and drove about 3 hours to the Black Hills National Forest. To get to the Comanche Campground in the Black Hills National Forest, we drove through Custer State Park. During the drive through the park, we came across several big horn sheep alongside the road. Custer Park is a really nice state park and has great campgrounds but we were unable to get a campsite reservation. None of the campgrounds in the Black Hills National Forest have electric,...

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May 25, 2011 - Ellsworth AFB - Mount Rushmore

No visit to Rapid City would ever be complete without a visit to see Mount Rushmore, the President’s Mountain, located in the Black Hills of South Dakota. So much a part of South Dakota that the license tags display the four presidents with the state slogan, “Great Faces, Great Places” (adopted in 1990), and the state motto is “The Mount Rushmore State”. Originally known to the Lakota Sioux as “Six Grandfathers”, the mountain was renamed after Charles E. Rushmore, a prominent New York lawyer, during an expedition in 1885. South Dakota...

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Oct 11, 2010 - Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse Monument

Got to Rapid City and went to the WalMart and got set up. There was hardly a parking place open. It was the busiest WalMart I have ever seen. We decided to wait until Monday to go to Mt Rushmore so we just relaxed and watched TV. I decided to go to the store and get a few things but it was so packed all day. It looked like Christmas eve shopping at home. shoulder to shoulder people. About 90 percent native American. Some people were pushing around 2 and 3 carts. One lady had about 5 of the large Folgers coffee containers and her other cart...

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