So I’m taking a little literary license, but today we visited the Crazy Horse monument and Mt. Rushmore. Between them there are 5 heads (Crazy Horse, Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln) and they are located about 10 miles apart in the Black Hills of South Dakota, so hence today’s title. As you can see the Crazy Horse monument has quite a ways to go before completion and has been in the works since 1948 and dwarfs Mt. Rushmore. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crazy_Horse_Memorial . We enjoyed touring both sites quite a bit and the stories of the vision and building of them is facinating.
By the way the photo below is what you can end up with when you ask a random tourist to take your picture in front of Mt. Rushmore. I should have known not to ask the guy in the Harley tank top. Nice picture of Matt and I but not so much of Mt. Rushmore…
Before we began our sightseeing Matt and I enjoyed a wonderfully slow morning. We repacked our bags and equipment for the next few weeks, caught up on email, made hotel reservations for the next week, checked the weather forecast (going to be in the 100’s) and decided we better start earlier each day and took care of a little work. We finally left Custer around Noon and went the few miles up the road to the Crazy Horse monument. From there it was a short drive to Mt. Rushmore. I should point out that the Black Hills of South Dakota are beautiful and a perfect place for such spectacular monuments. We then were to pick up my friend Ed Brown in Rapid City at 6p and had a little time to kill. Matt suggested we go to the South Dakota Air and Space Museum at Ellsworth AFB. We had a great time walking amongst all the vintage aircraft and touring the museum. A couple of personal stories came out of our visit. First our good friend Brad Blackwell had lived there when his father was stationed at Ellsworth and we went by Brad’s old high school. Next, Matt came across a B83 Thermonuclear Bomb (warhead was removed) that had been designed and built at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab where both my father and father-in-law had worked and were involved with.
As we went to pick up Ed we noticed that it was 104 outside further motivating us to get an early start for our 90 mile ride tomorrow to Chadron, NE. We picked up Ed and then had dinner in Custer before having one final piece of Bumbleberry Pie at the Purple Pie Place. Nothing particularly exciting today, just enjoyed seeing the sights of the area. Here’s a few photos from today:
State flags leading to Mt. Rushmore