Battle Creek Lodge
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... highlighting why each of the 4 presidents were chosen and what they had accomplished. Then they light the monument. There is a singing of the National anthem next. The conclusion is an invitation for all past and present service men to join the ranger on stage for the lowering of the flag; afterward she had each man and woman introduce themselves and state the branch of service. It was very moving.
We also got there early enough to tour the museum and ...
... were able to get tickets for the 3:00 tour. That gave us plenty of time to head back into Custer for lunch.
Lunch was at Sage Creek Cafe in Custer, SD. We LOVED it! Both kids had Wild Sockeye Salmon open-faced sandwiches served with salad. Dad had a buffalo burger with salad. Mom had their Asian Vegetable Noodle Bowl.
We returned to Jewel Cave around 2:30pm in plenty of time for our 3 O'clock tour. President Theodore Roosevelt signed a ...
... we could do except watch, and, luckily, the motorcyclist was able to accelerate fast enough to avoid getting hit by the Buffalo with about a foot to spare - needless to say we kept the doors to the car locked and the windows shut!
To finish off the day, we went out for dinner - a birthday treat for Grandma! The restaurant was in a converted old fire house. We had Chocolate Lava Cake as a birthday cake too!
A very good few days exploring so far! (Sorry it's such a long post ...
... the way to the restaurant we rode through a tunnel carved out of the rock. Very cool! On the way back we stopped in beautiful downtown Keystone, a nice little strip of souvenir shops and restaurants. We picked up a couple of t-shirts that we can wear for a little while and then ship back.
Tomorrow, the weather is supposed to break, with an end to the rain and temperatures in the 70's again. We are planning to head down to Wind ...
... in charge. :) We set up camp (a full hook-up with free wifi) and then decide how to make the most of our time in the area.
We see online that we can see the monument illuminated at night. We decide to drive over to Mount Rushmore after we grab some dinner. We have to pay to park, but after tonight our parking pass is good for a year. We arrive at 6:30 pm, which is after the shop, museum and visitor center are closed. Since the grounds ...