Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse

Today was National Park Day for the wandering Frieds. Our first stop was at Mount Rushmore and it was most impressive indeed. After being awed by the entrance to this monument to America, we walked the Presidential Trail along the base of the mountain and viewed the presidents from many different viewpoints. We also saw some of the tools, equipment and workshops used by the men who created this monument.

From there, it was off to see the Crazy Horse Memorial which is just south of Mount Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota. BTW, we were told that the Black Hills got their name from the Ponderosa Pines that cover the hills. Their bark is so dark that it makes the hills look black...and they do. Anyhow, Crazy Horse is a work in process. We could see workers and equipment working on the horse's head. Their visitor's center is beautiful and told a lot about the carving, the native indians and their history.

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