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Pennington County

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  • Day24

    Und weiter geht's

    September 26, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Um halb 11 bin ich endlich wach geworden und war auch halbwegs ausgeschlafen. Nach einem kurzen Plausch mit Sina und Mama bin ich dann auch hoch gegangen. Im Wohnzimmer saßen Grace und Anna und Grace war dabei zu erzählen, was alles in unsererm Kurztrip passiert ist.
    Und als hätte ich nicht schon genug erlebt, fragte Anna, wie es denn mit unserem Roadtrip zum Mount Rushmore aussehen würde. Ich wusste gar nicht wie ich es ausrücken sollte, denn natürlich hatte ich schon große Lust, aber ich wusste auch, dass man lange dahin fährt. Grace hatte aber kein Problem damit, sich gleich wieder ins Auto zu setzen und loszufahren. Auch Anna war noch nie da und wollte das Memorial mal sehen. Ja und so kam es dazu, dass wir innerhalb einer Stunde unsere Sachen gepackt haben, noch kurz Mittag gegessen haben und losgefahren sind. Insgesamt haben wir 8 Stunden im Auto gesessen, aber Grace scheint es echt nichts ausgemacht zu haben und anscheinend machen die sowas öfter. Grace wollte auch relativ weit durchfahren, weil in South Dakota bzw. auf dem Weg eh nichts spannendes gewesen wäre und so haben wir morgen den ganzen Tag Zeit die Black Hills zu erkunden.
    Natürlich haben wir genügend Stops gemacht und genügend Snacks und Wasser hatten wir auch im Auto.
    Jetzt sitzen wir in unserem Hotelzimmer und gucken zum einschlafen, ein Käfig voller Helden, hier als Hogans Heroes bekannt.
    Also, gute Nacht!
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  • Day6

    Mount Rushmore

    July 3, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Den Hype über Mount Rushmore verstehen wir nicht

  • Day30

    A day in Badlands National Park

    August 1, 2018 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    30 degrees today but we are enjoying the lovely weather. We spent quite a bit of time in the National Park today, then after a stop at a tourist trap for lunch we went to Mt Rushmore. We are staying in a little town called Keystone by Mt Rushmore tonight, only one street and a population of 600.Read more

  • Day9

    Four Dead Presidents & Crazy Horse

    August 10, 2017 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    An early start this morning from Keystone , we travelled the short distance to Mount Rushmore. It is a very impressive site, and you can only marvel at the engineering genius of the sculptor and the workers to complete the task of carving outWashington, Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Lincoln out of granite using dynamite at such lofty heights. Fortunately, no plans to add Trump.

    Not far from Rushmore is the Crazy Horse Memorial. This was commenced in 1948 at the request of a number of Indian chiefs to acknowledge the cultural significance of the Black Hills of South Dakota to the Native American Indian people. And possibly not to be out done by Rushmore. The project is entirely privately funded, and a single family drives the project. It reminded us of Gauci's Sagrada familia in Barcelona for the length of time it has been in progress, and will be until it is finished. You can see the pic of what it is now, and the white sculpture is what it will be when it finishes... They are currently working on the hand...

    So, completing this visit, we are making the long dash back to Jackson Hole, Wyoming set for an early morning flight to end in Phoenix Arizona tomorrow. Grand Canyon lookout!
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  • Day3

    Mt. Rushmore

    May 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 6 °C

    We did some sightseeing around Rapid City today. First, we returned to Mt. Rushmore, where we had last been 20 years ago. The view was slightly different during this trip because the area was covered in snow. From Mt. Rushmore, we traveled the Needles Highway through Custer State Park. We finished the day at Devil's Tower in eastern Wyoming.Read more

  • Day23

    Day 23 - Make It Monumental!

    September 30, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

    There was one objective today. To see Mount Rushmore. We had breakfast and then had a quick look around Wall before we were going to head off for the 90 minute car journey to get there. A friendly shop assistant asked us our plans today and she said today was the annual round up of bison at the Custer Park which is right next to the monument. She said at least 20 000 people would be there and advised not going. This was the first potential spanner in the works this trip as we had planned to get back on the road tomorrow in the opposite direction. We also had no idea what else we would do in Wall all day if we did not go. We went back to the motel for Internet access to check out this round up. The round up even made the local news. It did specify that it was mainly a morning event and we just decided to go anyway.

    Turned out fine in the end. We did not encounter any traffic going there or on the other side of the road. Mount Rushmore itself is impressively imposing and the visitor centre had the usual facts about the Presidents in front of us. I'll admit I didn't realise Theodore Roosevelt was one of them. After taking a few photos it began to drizzle and it felt like the right time to leave. On our descent, there is a small town called Keystone. It clearly existed to serve the building of Mount Rushmore and has a kitsch appeal with a long arcade on one side of the road with a saloon amongst other stores. Alice and I had a coffee a bit further up the road and then leisurely made our way back to Wall.

    We added some more excitement to the day by visiting Walmart on the way, ensuring we had snacks and supplies for the long drive tomorrow.

    When we got back we had an early dinner and an early night. We had hit the Wall! (I know, these puns are getting worse)

    Song of the Day:
    Presidents of the United States - Peaches
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  • Day72

    Take Me Back To The Black Hills...

    July 27, 2016 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    (apparently it's a song...)

    Seeing as we ended up in the Wonderful Wind Cave National Park (to avoid the $20 entry fee, $21 camping, $7.70 reservation PLUS $2 phone fee for Custer SP) we thought we might as well spend the morning exploring the cave below our feet. It was pretty different from the 2 big cave systems we have visited so far, with some incredible box formations and not really any stalagmites/tites as it was submerged then dried out.

    From there we drove the Needles Highway through the Black Hills of South Dakota, which was just incredible for the herds of bison on the road, massive big dark rock formations and road cut through tiny one-lane tunnels.

    Crazy Horse monument was just around the corner and from what we had heard from others was definitely worth a visit. Mount Rushmore is a few miles down the road and the Native Americans wanted to demonstrate that they had heroes too (and the feds refused to add to Rushmore) so wanted to build something bigger and better. Its so big they have been going at it for about 75 years and they have only just got his face done, let alone the rest of him and the horse. It was still pretty impressive so remind me to come back in another life when it's finally finished.
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  • Aug31

    The Granite Heads of Mt Rushmore

    August 31, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 52 °F

    Married nearly 40 years and I had no idea that Mui has always wanted to visit the Mt Rushmore National Memorial. I don’t recall him ever mentioning it before ... not even when we were considering South Dakota as our home state for our fulltiming years in the Phaeton. He told me today that he’s wanted to do so since he first saw a photograph of the granite heads in an issue of Reader’s Digest ... back in the 1960s. Today, his dream came true.

    Technically, we got our first glimpse of the memorial when we drove Iron Mountain Road and saw the heads framed by the three tunnels blasted out of the rocks to build the road. But that doesn’t count. The approximately 60-feet tall heads were mere specks on the horizon. Today, we got as close to them as possible by walking the Presidential Trail ... after viewing and photographing them from the Grand View Terrace.

    We had made a pact before leaving Colorado Springs that on this trip to South Dakota, we would stay away from indoor activities that were crowded. Outdoor places as well for that matter.

    Arriving at Mt Rushmore at 7:30a this morning not only meant that we got to enjoy the grounds without the crowds, but we also found only six other people at the immense Sculptor’s Studio. That meant that we could sit down on one of the four or five 1940s-era benches that were spaced to ensure social-distancing and listen to a great talk given by one of the rangers.

    The presentation was billed as a 15-minute talk about the tools and techniques used to carve the memorial into the granite rock. The ranger covered that ... and more. He talked about the inspiration for the memorial ... born from Doane Robinson’s desire to do something to attract tourists to the state. He talked about the commitment ... when Gutzon Borglum, the sculptor, sketched out presidential heads instead of the Wild West figures Robinson had envisioned ... before he even saw the actual site. And he talked about bringing the memorial to fruition and how, as visitors to Mt Rushmore, we were part of the realization of a dream.

    After the presentation — which was excellent ... as all national park ranger-led programs tend to be — we checked out what’s left of the tramway used to get Borglum and the carvers up the mountain. We stopped to peer in what’s left of the sculptor’s first studio. Then we walked the nature trail back to the car to collect our PB&J sandwiches. The plan was to find a corner where we could sit and eat breakfast with the presidents.

    Wow ... what a change in the 1.5 hours since our arrival at Mt Rushmore! At 7:30a, there was maybe 10 people at the memorial. Now, people were arriving in droves, clogging the entry path that is lined with the flags of all 50 states (plus one district, three territories, and two commonwealths of the USA), filling the Grand View Terrace to take selfies. To boot, gone was the bright sunshine and the blue skies that allowed the heads of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln to pop. The light was still bright, but the clouds had moved into dull the monument a bit.

    A construction project was blocking part of the Grand View Terrace. A perfect spot for breakfast since no one was behind that section of the wall. Nor was anyone sitting on the bleachers on that side. We had a delightful ½ hour ... eating our breakfast sandwiches, discussing the memorial, and sharing photos with family using WhatsApp.

    Seeing as how Mui had been waiting so long to see Mt Rushmore in person, on the way out we braved the gift shop ... where masks were required, I was happy to see. We found a cap for Mui, paid for our purchase, and left the premises. Giving the incoming stream of visitors a wide berth, we quick-stepped our way to the parking lot.

    Now we had a dilemma. Though admission to the memorial is free, we knew we had to pay for the parking. The gates were raised when we arrived, with a sign indicating a parking ticket was not necessary. But the pay-machine wanted us to insert the ticket before we could make payment. Pressing the “assistance button” on the machine, we explained our problem. The woman on the other end of the line told us that since we had arrived so early, we qualified for free parking. She gave us instructions on how to get out and soon we were on our way. Yay! Saved $5 (senior rate) in parking in addition to enjoying Mt Rushmore crowd-free.

    [I’ll answer the question that I know will be asked now. No, we did not return for the lighting ceremony after nightfall. We wanted to. But two things got in the way. We did not want to sit shoulder-to-shoulder with a bunch of people who, we knew, would mostly not be wearing masks. Also, we did not want to drive the narrow, curvy, unlit roads back to the campground at night. No road lights + free-ranging animals could well lead to a disaster that we were not willing to risk.]

    The rest of the day’s story will be in the next footprint.
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  • Sep3

    Badlands National Park

    September 3, 2020 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 77 °F

    Since arriving in South Dakota on 28 August, the weather has cycled from hot, to warm, to cool, to warm, to hot.

    Today was to be another “cool” day, with the temps in the Badlands National Park forecasted to stay below 80F. I guess that’s cool by summer standards. So, off we went to check out the park that protects eroded buttes and pinnacles ... along with the largest mixed-grass prairie in the USA.

    We were on the road at 7:30a ... a nearly 85-mile drive ahead of us. Of the several routes available from where we were, we took the longest one ... but it was the fastest one via I-90E once we got to Rapid City. So, it saved us considerable time that we were able to dedicate to our park visit.

    I’ll admit here and now that our initial impression of the Badlands fell flat. Maybe because we’ve read such glowing reviews of the park that our expectations were quite high. Maybe because we’ve visited the impressive fairy chimneys of Kapadokya in Turkey and the colorful formations of Utah’s Bryce National Park. Mostly, I think, it was because the bright sunlight washed out the scenery.

    I’ll also admit — happily — that our initial impression did not last long. It was interesting to see the formations stand in stark contrast with the flat prairie lands. And, once we got off the main drag and were on the loop road, the scenery shifted so that the sunlight shining on the formations brought out the bands of color and the details carved out by erosion. Our eyes now beheld a pretty amazing landscape.

    The yellow mounds — banded with pinks and purples — were my favorite part of the Badlands. Signage near the overlook explained that the mounds were the result of the draining of an ancient sea that exposed the ocean mud to air that turned them into yellow soil.

    I had researched some hikes for us to do. And we tried to do one or two but didn’t get much farther than the trailheads. I don’t know if the black flies are always bad at the Badlands or if it was just our luck. In the heat of the day — which I can tell you felt more like 90F than 80F under the brilliant sun — the flies were downright vicious little buggers, biting exposed skin with glee. Not wishing to battle them, we decided that this first visit here would just be a driving trip for us.

    In addition to packing breakfast, which we ate at the SD Welcome Center in Rapid City, Mui had packed sandwiches for lunch. Alas, we found picnic tables to be missing from the park amenities ... except in a few places. The one with the best view — at the Big Foot Pass Overlook — was closed due to construction. The overlooks were generally busy, so we didn’t want to set up our own table. Plus we needed some shade as the mid-day sun was brutal. In the end, we spotted a sign for a picnic area on Conata Road that served our purpose. No interesting views ... but we did find a table with a shade cover.

    After lunch, we continued on the Badlands Loop Road. By-passing the spur up to the town of Wall, we drove a portion of the Sage Creek Rim Road. It was on this road that we had our wildlife sightings for the day — distant views of bison ... near views of black-tailed prairie dogs and bighorn sheep.

    We could have stayed on Sage Creek Rim Road to exit the park near Scenic. And head home from there. But we didn’t. Instead, taking the Rte 502 spur, we got on the paved Sage Creek Road and connected to I-90 at Wall.

    Having seen miles and miles of billboards advertising Wall Drug on our drive to the Badlands, we detoured into Wall for a quick peek at the shops lining both sides of a stretch of street. We never did get out of the car. And, we didn't miss anything by doing so. But now, when people ask if we’ve been to Wall Drug, we can say that we have 😉

    We made one other detour later in the drive back to our neck of South Dakota. We stopped at Ellsworth Air Force Base on the outskirts of Rapid City. There’s a nice Air & Space Museum there, but we’ve seen a number of them at other bases, so we skipped it. Our destination was the commissary where we replenished our larder.

    Our shopping completed, we debated exploring Rapid City but decided to leave it as planned for tomorrow. After all, it’s only about 45 minutes from our campground ... and an even shorter drive if we take the shortcut the GPS routed us to today.
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  • Day168

    Mt. Rushmore

    June 6, 2018 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 22 °C

    Die sind fertig. Die Präsis. Der Indianer braucht noch 100 Jahre.

    Das Mount Rushmore National Memorial ist ein 1941 fertiggestelltes Denkmal, das aus monumentalen Porträtköpfen der vier bis zur Zeit seiner Erstellung als am bedeutendsten und symbolträchtigsten geltenden US-Präsidenten besteht. Jedes Porträt ist 18 m hoch. Dargestellt sind von links nach rechts die Präsidenten George Washington (1. US-Präsident), Thomas Jefferson (3.), Theodore Roosevelt (26.) und Abraham Lincoln (16.). Vor dem Denkmal sind Ausschnitte aus berühmten Reden der vier Präsidenten auf Schrifttafeln zu lesen. Das Mount-Rushmore-Nationaldenkmal wird auch als Shrine of Democracy (Heiligenschrein der Demokratie) bezeichnet. Die Lakota-Indianer sehen das Monument hingegen als Entweihung ihres heiligen Berges an.Read more

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