Hampton Inn Rapid City
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We got up early this morning and started driving to the Black Hills but got way layed by a sign that said Devils Tower. It was an rock that was a igneous inclusion. You'll see the photos. There was also some cute little prairie dogs at the same place. Next stop Crazy Horse which took awhile to get to because of roadworks. This is a Indian monument …
... Davidson). They fill the hotels and campgrounds all around Rapid City and the towns surrounding Sturgis. They were setting up for the upcoming event when we drove through. Large tents were being erected and stocked with t-shirts and other merchandise. Temporary fences and viewing bleachers and stands were being prepared. It seemed that bars and tattoo parlors are the primary businesses in Sturgis. We passed one very large Saloon that was being stocked ...
... where we visited Badlands National Park (cool, but just worthy of a drive-through). Then, in to Black Hills National Forest where Mt. Rushmore resides. Even though the campsites at the adjacent Custer State Park were officially full, we were nice to one of the campsite hosts and he “found” a spot for us, replete with electricity and a short walk to showers. Good Karma working on this Friday night.
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... fantastic sight!
followed that up with Crazy Horse Memorial but the weather turned just as we got there - rain, thunder, lightning - so a little disappointing as we didn't see too much except the video they show when you first go in and a walk through the museum and gift shop.
Finished the day with a drive through Custer State Park - yet another beautiful park where we saw bison, deer and burros all just roaming free.
... even the red cliffs, Blackhills and rushing Yellowstone River became monotonous. We were very glad to get to Mt Rushmore. Mt Rushmore embodies the old, "can do and to hell with the obstacles" attitude of an earlier USA . The scope and concept; leave a monument and documents to be discovered 10000 years hence, is as breathtaking as the massive sculpture itself. We had binoculars so we could examine the carving closely. The eyes are especially clever with the iris ...