We were there our first night in Keystone, but it was raining and foggy and we just got a distant look see - quite impressive, even under rainy conditions. The first two photos continues to amaze me. President Washington sports tear stained cheeks. What got the old guy down? Uh... well, actually, it just rained.
|Can you find George?|
|Come on Georgie... can't be all that bad...|
Really George, for an iPhone photo, it's not that bad!
|Wondering what you were supposed to see here? Check out the next photo I got off the net|
|The background is the current state of the monument - only Crazy Horse's face is completed.|
In the foreground is the statue as it will appear in some undisclosed day of the distant future.
|Joann taking in the initial splendor of the Promenade|
|The Avenue of the Flags, features flags of all 50 states|
|The four fellows stood v. still for my shot here|
|People lined up along the granite wall, just below which is the amphitheater|
|View of the Amphitheater below. If you look up, there's Rushmore!|
|The glass to the right overlooks the Amphitheater and a great |
view of Rushmore. Above this level is the Avenue of the Flags
|Mount Rushmore exhibits. Next door to this is a theater |
with a showing on the construction of Rushmore's face
|The exhibit explains how more than 90% of Rushmore was carved with dynamite! |
And that last 10%...Well, talk about delicate work!
|Alternate look for the mountain that was ultimately rejected in favor of the faces we all know and love.|
|My favorite carving is Teddy - I mean, there is no glass used,|
but, still, you can see his spectacles - Bully!
For the afternoon, Joann went back to our hotel for some alone time, and I took off on an unfocused tour of the countryside. My conclusion... it is no wonder at all, why the Black Hills are sacred to the Lakota & Cheyenne tribes. The drive I took wound over hill, over dale ultimately ending up at the Custer State Park.
|Loads of stunning outcroppings dotted the scenery|
|The rock formations in the Black Hills often look fairly deliberate, if not a little naughty.|
|Will not be forgetting this little bridge any time soon.|
|A little memorial highway marker, with stones, probably as old as Rushmore|
|For some reason the tunnels are all squared off.|
Here is yet another tunnel, and I take you for a quick ride through it.
|Lovely grassy meadows in the vicinity of Custer State Park|
|The cutiest little South Dakota ranch|
Last, but not least, I thought I should share this example of how Mount Rushmore has permeated the National consciousness. HIT IT BOYS!