Us with the buffalo in the background. No fences, just nature.
They really were a lot closer than they look in the picture.
The road to Mount Rushmore.
Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln.
The gates leading to the mountain.
Us with the presidents!
I think Washington had the best spot. You could get a good picture of him from almost any vantage point. The original plan had the torsos of the presidents included as well, however the way the mountain was shaped, it didn't fit in with the plans. (although you can kind of see Washington's lapel)
The was a little side camp called "Heritage Village" on the trail. It was really just 2 tepees and a park guide who could talk intelligently about Native American life.
Like I said, Washington had a great spot to live forever.
There was also a little cave you could walk through and then a split in the rock that gave a perfect view.
Oh yes, there's also a room behind the faces. (You can't go back there) It was designed to keep safe some of America's most valuable treasures and papers. Unfortunately, it is not used for that today.
As we were passing a family on the trail, one kid said to his brother, "I don't even KNOW who Teddy Roosevelt is!" His brother replied "Are you KIDDING me??? He's the guy who INVENTED national parks!" :)
(Yes, it was sunny that day)
Having some treats to cool us off (raspberry cheesecake ice cream and a watermelon slushie)