Today was mostly a travel day but we finished it up with a stop at the Crazy Horse Memorial and Mount Rushmore in South Dakota.
After a drive trough the oil and ranch lands of Wyoming and past a huge coal mine we found ourselves once again among the trees and mountains heading into the Black Hills region of South Dakota slightly south-west of Rapid City. Here we first found the Crazy Horse Memorial and gained entry. After looking in awe at the scale of the statue we went inside to watch the video about the history and future of the sculpture. It is expected that it will take several generations to complete as it is being done without government funding, all of the money to work on it comes from the admission fees and donations. The video and displays are very informative and demonstrate that despite the wrongs of the past people are willing to work together to make sure we all have a future.
Next we went to Mount Rushmore. It we under renovation so we couldn’t get close to the sculpture but it was still an experience for Chuck and an interesting comparison to the efforts being made just 17 miles away.
Along the way we passed through some towns with some great character. Notably Custer and Keystone in South Dakota, both very tourist oriented but quaint and friendly in their own ways.