Hampton Inn Rapid City
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... City, we were saddened to see it was still raining, so we ate breakfast in the hotel and prayed the rain would stop. We dressed the kids in their long pants and sweatshirts, and headed out the 20 mile drive to Mt. Rushmore. Can you believe 5 minutes out of Rapid City, the sun was shining? We were so happy! When we got to Mt. Rushmore, Artie and Liam couldn't contain their excitement, they were so thrilled. When we got to the viewing area, Artie ...
... wow, Spotted heaps of wild deer in the bush. Stopped at Keystone for a coffee and apple pie. We arrived via the dodgy end of town. You wouldn't want to break down here! Then it was downtown Rapid City to see what was happening on a Saturday night. All the corners on the main couple of blocks have full size bronze statues of various presidents. Very nice looking shops with many selling Indian wares and lots of flowers everywhere. What a surprise to see ...
... Theodore Roosevelt's glasses. The sculptor Gutzon Burglum chose the four because he felt they represented the first 150 years of American History. He created multiple models which were used as a guide for the workmen.
90% of the heads were created by dynamite
No one died during the the carving of the memorial
The mountain is made of Harney Peak Granite
Mount Rushmore is 5,725 ft ...
... with our poor food choices.
As a side note, Presidential View Resort should not be visited by anyone. The room was very small, decorated in flower wall paper and included an old rear projection Zenith TV. There was no breakfast and we were very excited to leave the hotel.
Black Hills, Custer State Park and Dead Wood tomorrow.
... br> Now, I'm not a gamer, so pretty much all video game obsessions bewilder me, but Minecraft's draw also bewilders Joe (who is a serious gamer). The graphics are extremely low tech, there don't seem to be any rules, goals, or (quite frankly) point. But Sage LOVES it. And, if he isn't playing it, he is equally happy to watch ...
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