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Day 14 – The Five Faces of Mt. Rushmore

Yesterday we visited some old presidents and took the scenic route out of Custer. We had received an email from Ken’s cousin Terry Petersen who had been to this area just a few days before. He told us not to miss the Needles Highway which made Ken remember that as a young boy his dad had driven that route and it was truly beautiful. Thundershowers were forecast for the day but that didn’t detour us.

First stop was to look at a rock that gave the highway its name, “Needles”.

All the rock formations in the are are a wonder and Ken took lots of pictures only some of which we’ll share. There are a number of pull-outs where you can stop to take pictures and just enjoy the scenery.

The chipmunks are always fun to watch but very difficult to get a good picture of. They move faster than the speed of a shutter. I never let a small thing like a quick little animal get the best of me.

As I mentioned there were thunderstorms in the area and this picture gives you a good idea of what we were in for.

We did get into some rain and heard lots of thunder but saw little lightening. Here’s a picture of us enjoying some more rocks.

There are a number of small tunnels that have been carved out through the rocks.

While I didn’t get a picture of it there was a big motorhome that attempted to go through the first tunnel but after getting his nose in a bit he backed out. We only had about four to six inches clearance on each side to the rear view mirrors on our truck.

As we came around one corner there they were, the old presidents carved in rock.

You have to look closely in the middle of the picture to see them. Here let Mr. Canon help you get a better view.

Is it my imagination or does it look like these men are crying over the condition of our country and what we’ve done to our environment?

Some of the tunnels look straight at Rushmore as you go through them. It must have taken a lot of planning to make that happen.

We arrived at Mt. Rushmore and man has it developed since seeing it as a young boy. The center they’ve built is beautiful and has some very interesting museums. Here’s the mall that leads to the faces.

First thing though we needed to eat so we went to the restaurant and had a nice meal with a nice view of the faces.

After lunch we got a closer look at the faces and discovered that there were five important faces carved into that mountain.

I’m always amazed at what I was never taught in school 😉

As we were leaving the monument we got another unusual look at a profile of George Washington getting guidance from Marilyn.

It was a fun day and we were thrilled that the weather was cool and the rain didn’t dampen our adventure. We have more pictures but we’re running a little long on this post, we’re aware that some of you people have other things to do. Maybe we’ll share some more pictures on a slower day.

Speaking of a slower day we are planning to just hang around Custer today to see what we can find without another long drive.



5 Responses

  1. I have sure enjoyed your blog about your trip. I really like the pictures it makes me wish my wife and I could be there. I am glad to see you are both having a great time on your trip.


  2. Gosh, great pictures.. sounds like a great trip so far…. Gee, I sure hope you took some time to go see Crazy Horse being carved out of a mountain while you were there at Rushmore. It isn’t very far away… This is one of the few sites that you will see that is only funded by the public, NOT the government…. We thought it was great. You can even take a ride up onto the moutain if you have extra money to spend.. I wanted to do that but we had our dog with us and couldn’t… Anyhow, hope you didn’t miss seeing Crazy Horse… the museum there is also very interesting with so much history and all sorts of thing to see and a movie of how it all started to date… We found this better than Rushmore.
    Safe Travels, God Bless, Betty in Va.

  3. Thank you, I have enjoyed reading your blog. It has been very informative and fun to read your experiences.


  4. I loved the additional face! And, I must say Marilyn has a much better profile than old George! 🙂

  5. Thank you ever so much for sharing you lovely pictures and sharing what you are doing. I enjoy readying about what where you are. Until the next email…Enjoy

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