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Mount Rushmore, Buffaloes and Bull

 

It is Wednesday evening and we’ve come home from a day-long tour. We left at 6am to the meeting place an hour away and we were the first to be picked up and the last to be dropped off around 5pm.

 

For the most part, the weather held up nicely. It had rained the night before but was clear until late afternoon.

We took a bus tour with around 30 other people. Our bus driver was on his late 60’s, a retired history teacher and high school coach who has lived here all of his life. He was well qualified and an excellent driver, especially through small tunnels and pig tail curves. John also has a big heart and a sense of humor.

While we travelled through Rapid City, he talked a bit about the Ellsworth AFB and the fact they would be in charge of Custer State Park when President Eisenhower would stay in the Coolidge Mountains to hunt and fish.

We continued to Keystone where there is a steam engine that runs daily to Hill City and back. The track, train and engine are the original. We have tickets for that tomorrow.

The next stop was the Crazy Horse Memorial. An entire family took this responsibility on because the survivors of the battle asked a gentleman if he would work on a Memorial for their hero.

The family has done great things to keep funds coming to finish this project. They have also established an Indian College, grants and scholarships, a hospital. All of this has been done with outside donations, not one penny from the government.

They had a gift shop that did handmade items certified by particular local tribes. When looking closer, I found that the garments were made in China.

 

Next, the driver took us through Custer State Park. I’ll just mention there is one outhouse for the entire park. Period
However, you might not want to answer nature’s call if there is a group of Bison (during rutting season) surrounding it. They were very up close and personal with our bus and we were able to get quite a few pictures.

We saw 2 groups of Prairie Dogs, a black footed ferret, antelope and elk. It was great because they are living out in the wild, free to wander and just by driving on the Wildlife Loop, we were able to see them in their natural habitat.

We then made our way through the twists and turns that is Needles highway and 3 of the narrowest tunnels I have ever seen. We would see Mount Rushmore from different angles as we got closer and closer.

When I arrived, I wasn’t prepared for the emotions this majestic beauty created in me. I found myself standing there and not wanting to take my eyes off of the monument.

Okay, I admit to being somewhat disappointed because the luncheonette that was in North By Northwest was not there. However, the viewfinder that Cary Grant used was still there.

It is Wednesday evening and we’ve come home from a day-long tour. We left at 6am to the meeting place an hour away and we were the first to be picked up and the last to be dropped off around 5pm.

 

For the most part, the weather held up nicely. It had rained the night before but was clear until late afternoon.

We took a bus tour with around 30 other people. Our bus driver was on his late 60’s, a retire history teacher and high school coach who has lived here all of his life. He was well qualified and an excellent driver, especially through small tunnels and pig tail curves. John also has a big heart and a sense of humor.

While we travelled through Rapid City, he talked a bit about the Ellsworth AFB and the fact they would be in charge of Custer State Park when President Eisenhower would stay in the Coolidge Mountains to hunt and dish.

We continued to Keystone where there is a steam engine that runs daily to Hill City and back. The track, train and engine are the original. We have tickets for that tomorrow.

The next stop was the Crazy Horse Memorial. An entire family took this responsibility on because the survivors of the battle asked a gentleman if he would work on a Memorial for their hero.

The family has done great things to keep funds Coming to finish this project. They have also established an Indian College, grants and scholarships, a hospital. All of this has been done with outside donations, not one penny from the government.

They had a gift shop that did handmade items certified by a particular tribe. When looking closer, I found that the garments were made in China.

 

Next, the driver took us through Custer State Park. I’ll just mention there is one outhouse for the entire park. Period
However, you might not want to answer nature’s call if there is a group of Bison (during rutting season) surrounding it. They were very up close and personal with our bus and we were able to get quite a few pictures.

We saw 2 groups of Prairie Dogs, a black footed ferret, antelope and elk. It was great because they are living out in the wild, free to wander and just by driving on the Wildlife Loop, we were able to see them in their natural habitat.

We then made our way through the twists and turns that is Needles highway and 3 of the narrowest tunnels I have ever seen. We would see Mount Rushmore from different angles as we got closer and closer.

When I arrived, I wasn’t prepared for the emotions this majestic beauty created in me.

Okay, I admit to being somewhat disappointed because the luncheonette that was in North By Northwest was not there. However, the viewfinder that Cary Grant used as well as the stone wall.

The luncheonette was fabulous with a great variety of food at decent prices. For $3 you can have unlimited drink refills.

We did go to a shop for souvenirs. Mind you this is for an American statue with our most famous presidents at the time it was created and NOT ONE T-SHIRT WAS MADE IN AMERICA. This is a National Monument on a National Forest, and the only items made in America were authentic American Indian art.

After having lunch and ice-cream with our presidents, it began to rain, so I sat at a table on the cafeteria and continued to be be mesmerized by the artist’s rendition.

Then I wondered out loud, how would these 4 react to the country as it stands now….. or even about their faces plastered on a T-Shirt made in China. They would probably update the Declaration of Independence.

 

 

 

 

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