Rushmore View Inn & Conference Center
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... lower peak. I saw coloured cloths tied around a couple of desolate trees that grew on the boulders. I assume they were part of spiritual practices. The view was stunning! Spires of rocks jutted out dominating the pine trees. The peak is 7,200 feet above sea level. Sitting on top is a watch tower which was used as a fire lookout. It looks like a castle tower from afar.
Sylvan Lake. Sun had already started to set behind the rocky outcrops cradling this ...
... the safest place I can be right now.", I tried to tell myself. Nearby, there were people who didn't have the option of climbing into a truck. Tents were making that whiffling sound that nylon makes in a storm. Lights were popping on, illuminating the domed fabric and revealing furtive, frantic movements of people waking up and reacting to the storm. I watched a tumbleweed roll by. Oops. Not a tumbleweed. A tent. "Uh-oh. This isn't good." A little bit of ...
... the 625 step Presidential Walk to the base of the monument only to find the quick shortcut back to the Visitors Center closed for repair. So we had to retrace our path of 625 steps back the way we came, though in fairness, it was mostly downhill on the way back.
As we returned to the hotel after a very productive day, we sat down for a moment to figure out where to eat dinner. Jody wanted to head over to Custer as she wanted to ...
... pizza! Who new you could get great pizza in South Dakota. We are here for a few days, so we will try to get over to Mt Rushmore tomorrow. We have a busy couple of days, as we would also like to see Jewel Cave National Monument, Wind Cave National Park, and Custer State Park. But at least we get to sleep in later tomorrow.
299.9 miles today
4395.5 miles total
2.213 gallons today
106.553 gallons total
I always knew that this road trip would include a stop at Mt. Rushmore. I had never been there before, and I do think we all should seize the opportunities to see these monuments and learn about the history of our country.
But I have to be honest. I thought it would be a little cheesy. I thought I would walk up, snap a picture to prove I was there, and move on. ...