Sunday, October 3, 2010

Sunday, Oct. 3 - Mt Rushmore et al!

Today we rode through the most magnificent vistas, toured Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorials.  Both were awe inspiring - we saw movies on the creation and history of the monuments, went on a ranger hike.  The tunnels on the roads leading to Mt. Rushmore were designed to frame the 4 presidents  - amazing feats of engineering.  (more narrative after the pictures.)
carved pumpking HIGH on a rocky crag

next to our campsite

us with Mt. Rushmore in the background


beautiful view

tunnel we drove through

Looking at Dan outside the tunnel

there's those 4 presidents!

distant view of another pumpkin!

and yet another pumpkin

On Needle highway, a road of twisting turning narrow lanes, there were a number of tunnels, not only one lane tunnels, but so narrow we were glad we were in my car!  And, with the camper on the truck, the 10-12 ft height of these tunnels just wasn't big enough!  And everywhere there was an opportunity to pull off, we did.  Some rock climbers had left carved pumpkins way high up on these 'needles' - we managed to get some pictures.  What a wonderful, joyful gift they gave to all of us traveling by today - every stop, there were people pointing and laughing because of those pumpkins!  And, we saw 2 bull buffalo this afternoon.  I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as we did taking them!  Tomorrow, we're going to watch buffalo being branded and tagged!

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