Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Mount Rushmore!

Here it is mom- the post you've been waiting for! :) After our 9 hour drive from Minnesota to South Dakota, we decided to travel a half hour out of our way and stop at Mount Rushmore. We even got to see BUFFALO! We went on the little trail around the mountain view and had a great time. So, without further adieu.... 

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)


  1. Looks like you guys had fun. We really enjoyed our visit in 09 when we were driving to AK. We're back in Ak right now, by the way -but we flew this time. Are you driving back east on your way home? If so, you MUST try to stop in Vermillion, SD and see the National Music Museum. They have some pretty awesome Strads, Amatis, etc. Well worth your time.
    Enjoy the rest of your trip.

    Scott Moore

  2. Oh man! We are already back in MN- that's what I get for being so behind on my posting! We will be driving to Virginia from here, but next time we visit the ranch, we'll have to go to the museum. Thanks for the comment. Enjoy your stay in AK-it looks like you guys are having a great time and also enjoying some very fresh fish!