Fun, Fun Fun!!

Fun, Fun Fun!!

Friday, June 27 - Mount Rushmore National Memorial

We had thunderstorms again last night, but it was not as severe in our area.
Walking the boys before the storm
B4 the storm
We awoke to one of my favorite things a cool crisp morning.
We did our usual morning routine, and decided we would go to Mount Rushmore today and see the sites. After an hour plus phone call from Beth our daughter (she can talk the stripes off a zebra) we were ready to leave about 10am.

We took the scenic route 16A, which took us through tree lined winding roads. Jesse commented on not wanting to bring the Kram-a-lot on these roads; there were some S curves that made me very nervous.

Along the road we saw Burros. They are not native to the Black Hills. They were released into the park after they stopped hauling visitors to the top of Harney Peak. They were very people friendly.

A baby (foal). By the way a baby female is called a Molly and a male baby a John.

We saw Mountain Goats.

We also saw a few wild turkeys off in the distance.
We went through several tunnels on our route which took about 1 ½ hours.

You can see the Monument from this view

The entrance to the National Memorial is free, but there is a $10 charge for parking; the parking pass is good for the whole year it was issued, not bad.:~)

It was a beautiful day to be here, temps were around 70 and there was a breeze, just perfect.

They have an Avenue of Flags as you enter the Memorial that has 56 flags which represent the states, districts, commonwealths and territories of the United States.

We hiked the Presidential Trail which was about ½ mile trail that begins on the Grand View Terrace, and takes you to the base of the mountain and past the Sculptor’s Studio. The beginning was easy all down steps the part after the Studio was all upstairs. We took many pictures of the monument I will show you a few of my favorites.

Same picture close up.

Profile of George Washington

We stopped at the gift shop and Ice Cream shop for refreshments.

Then we went to Wal*Mart for a few supplies and then home. I had started some chicken barbeque before we left this morning, so I just needed to add some baked beans and cold slaw and dinner was served. I made chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies for dessert.

We watched a movie (I watched, Jesse napped) until we were off to bed with the windows open.

See you down the road

1 comment:

Donna McNicol said...

You guys are SO close...are you coming to the Escapade? We had a pre-rally HOP (tour) that went to Mt Rushmore. Registration starts today and tomorrow. Love to meet ya!!