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I now understand why this area of the United States is called the Grasslands. That is about all we have seen today. We traveled along I-90 today,and the longest interstate in the United States at 3101 miles. Today covered about 430 of those miles. We had a leisurely start to the day, sleeping a little late, breakfast in Winnie (that is the name we have given our new "home' and ...
... captivated (just like the bears, I suppose).
I had heard the monument was not as large as expected, but I wasn't disappointed - it almost looked cartoonish it was so amazing. I think we took about a million photos, and that was just for the parking station. We then walked along the Presidents Trail, which was a boardwalk enabling you to take more photos of the faces from all the different angles. There was also a building which detailed the history of ...
It was nice getting up with comfortable temperatures. We headed to Mt Rushmore. I had not realized that it was over 5000 feet elevation. [seems like all the roads are steep up and down - more later].
The National Park Service did a great job making Mt Rushmore accessible to all, making a dramatic approach layout [ you can see the stone carvings as soon as you get out of the parking lot] looking down ...
... and found a cave full of sparkling gems. At that time there was only about a mile of passages. Excitedly they filed a claim for the "jewel lode", but soon discovered that the calcite crystals were worthless. They then tried giving tours which also failed because it was only reachable by horseback. But it did gain some attention and was fortunately made a Nat. Monument in 1908. The main caves were a little better than Wind ...
The Plan - Walker Sculpture Garden in Minneapolis before flying to Rapid City in South Dakota. What really happened - The sun is shining today! Our flight isn't until late afternoon so this morning we go to Loring Park and the Walker Sculpture Garden. These are Minneapolis' green spaces and being Sunday lots of people are out and about. The flowers and sculptures are really lovely and the atmosphere is great- all very relaxed. My kids ...
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