After our bad day in the Badlands, we were excited to be back on the road. Next on the agenda was an American icon, Mt. Rushmore.
|Standing on the lower grand terrace, overlooking the amphitheater and Mt Rushmore. There are nightly lighting programs at the amphitheater during the summer. If you don’t take the trail, this is as close as you can get.|
|If you take the trail, this is how close you can get!|
|Heading off on the trail. The first part of it is handicap accessible.|
There was a Lakota Indian village set up along the trail. It was being run by a very knowledgeable park ranger. He was fascinating to talk to. We learned so much about the Lakota Indians. Another way to learn about the Lakotas’ is to stop at Crazy Horse Memorial. Because of our breakdown in the Badlands we had to skip that part of our trip. I do hope I can see it next time.
Mt. Rushmore was fun to see and I am glad we made it a stop on our wild west road trip. I did overhear a dad tell his son, “Well, now you can say you saw Mt. Rushmore.” I got a chuckle out of that. Without visiting the museum, taking a trip around the trail and grabbing a bite to eat, it really would have felt like we got out of the car, saw Mt. Rushmore and got back in the car. That is why I would take the time to do all the other stuff. Make it more of an experience.
It got me thinking…have you ever visited a place that did not live up to the hype? Where you had planned the day, but only needed an hour?
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