First Glance at Mount Rushmore in South Dakota

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You didn’t think we went all the way to South Dakota without paying a visit to our founding fathers, did you? Of course we didn’t.

I love how the whole slow, snaking to Keystone coming up from Custer State Park offers views of the four old dudes. This should show you how great SVV and I are at American history: Neither of us could name the fourth—Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and…? (The answer is Roosevelt. Good ol’ Teddy.)

I’m pretty sure, though, had they been alive that the presidents would envy SVV’s ‘do. They spent all that time working on their own coifs after all (and probably were bald under the wigs in the first place).

The drive up offered varying perspective of the heads. It also offered some interesting roadside observations.

That’s right, folks: Free Wi-Fi, indoor pool and … bison storage! People take their bison seriously in these parts. Kind of like my stomach does (bison burgers, yummmm).

Once we’d arrived at Rushmore, we opted not to take a tour, much to my mother’s chagrin. It was really cold and windy out, and the rain showers came and went. Some fun facts about the stone heads: Each face is a whopping 60 feet tall;,George’s nose is 20 feet long, and his mouth is 18 feet wide. So while, even standing beneath them, they look rather tiny, in actuality their features are quite prominent!

We sat at the overlook for awhile, admired the handiwork, then headed out for Rapid City. I mean, there are only so many shots of these stately gents that one can take, right? That said, I’m pretty sure this one takes the cake.

Speaking of our fur babe, she turns one today! And you better believe I bought party hats and streamers and that we’ll be living it up in our little trailer in Montana for the occasion. If it stops pouring long enough, there might even be a birthday hike in her future. Any excuse for a party….

 

COMMENTS
  • June 17, 2011

    Aw, Happy Birthday to Ella! Mwah!

  • June 17, 2011

    Happy bday to the pup!!

    • June 17, 2011
      Kristin

      Thanks, Danielle! She’s eager to meet you when we pass through OKC in August. She said you have excellent taste in boots =)

  • June 17, 2011

    Happy birthday, puppy!

    I’m afraid I have not-nice-thoughts about Mt Rushmore ever since I saw the Penn and Teller’s Bullshit episode about it.

    • June 17, 2011
      Kristin

      Ha, I don’t even know what that means, but I definitely would not have made a special trip all the way to South Dakota just to see it! But if in the area, it’s worth a quick stop just to say you’ve done it.

  • June 17, 2011

    Happy Birthday Ella! She’s so much cuter than those rocky old men. The place never impressed me. sorry to hear you’re still dealing with lousy weather. Should have come south, it’s summer here.

    • June 17, 2011
      Kristin

      Yeah, I’m with you. We were very “meh” about the whole Rushmore experience to be honest.

      In Glacier and STILL pouring with no end in sight.

  • June 17, 2011

    Never been to Mt. Rushmore! Some of my friends went late last year, and they didn’t have as clear of a view as you did! 🙂

    • June 17, 2011
      Kristin

      Wow, I guess we should be thankful then, eh? I like the ominous clouds surrounding the presidents. Seems…fitting!

  • June 17, 2011

    Seriously?! These photos made me smile. Thumbs up for the head shot(s). Very fun.

    • June 17, 2011
      Kristin

      Thanks, Amie! Our poor dog has become our circus monkey… =)

  • June 17, 2011

    Gorgeous photos, love the ones of SVV and Ella, happy birthday little girl!

    xox

  • June 17, 2011

    Bwahahah, bison storage! I wonder what you’d find if you opened one of those up? And I hereby recommend that we start a petition to add either SVV or Ella as the fifth face on Mt. Rushmore! Political credentials be damned, they would both look great up there carved in stone. 🙂

    • June 17, 2011
      Kristin

      Ha! There could be six faces and they could BOTH make the cut! I wish I had a bison to store…

  • June 17, 2011

    Oh.. Bison burger love it!! Seriously, who need other amenities when they have bison storage. Gorgeous pictures!

    • June 17, 2011
      Kristin

      I mean, there’s really no need for a hotel even when you can share a room with the bison in their own storage facility! Although, they kind of look like they have leprosy so I might require my own room after all…

  • June 17, 2011

    That is one photogenic rock, isn’t it?

  • June 17, 2011

    Such fun pictures and commentary! I love the last one of the dog.

    • June 19, 2011
      Kristin

      Thanks, Bridget! The dog, on the other hand, was none too pleased about being our circus monkey =) (She looks like she’s doing “contemplative” when in reality I think it was “pissed off.”)

  • June 17, 2011

    Happy Birthday Ella!

  • June 18, 2011

    Happy birthday Ella! Bison burgers – yumm-mmmie

  • June 18, 2011

    I was at Rushmore for about 30 minutes. It really does get old quick. It’s something everyone should see once, though!

    • June 18, 2011
      Kristin

      I definitely agree! But 30 minutes would be about the max time I could spend there I think =)

  • June 18, 2011
    Auntie Joy

    Happy birthday, Ella — the sweetest, prettiest, most adventurous little 4-legged girl in the whole world! Tell your humans to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by NorthWest, with Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint and James Mason — a great film classic, part of it takes place at Mt Rushmore. You get a better idea of the sheer size of those faces when you see Cary hanging on to them for dear life.

    • June 18, 2011
      Kristin

      She sleeps with her pink blanket every day and thinks of you =)

      Yes, I’ve been meaning to see North by Northwest! Scott and I are going to start whittling away at the 100 Best Movies of All Time list from AFI while on the ship this fall, and I’m sure that’s on there.

      • June 21, 2011
        Auntie Joy

        Maybe a separate, ongoing thread about which movies do the best job of showing various locations around the world?

        • June 21, 2011
          Kristin

          That’s exactly the kind of stuff I write about in my day job (and thus don’t cover on here because, well, it’s my day job!) but maybe as we whittle down the list, I’ll consider doing a post or two =) Scott made me watch the original Planet of the Apes last week, and the whole time I was picking out where the filming took place: “this scene is totally Powell Lake in Arizona…and now we’re in southern Utah’s canyons, I’m pretty sure!”

  • June 18, 2011

    I second the North by Northwest recommendation. It’s a fantastic film!

  • June 19, 2011

    SVV should totally be the 5th face up there!

  • June 19, 2011

    Happy birthday to Ella! Fur-babe birthday parties are the best. Jack and Cooper send woofs and extra treats!

    • June 19, 2011
      Kristin

      She got her own birthday chicken cake with huckleberry marinade. She seemed to think birthdays were the bomb after that =)

  • June 20, 2011

    wow, i have missed so many great posts and pictures in the last days!!
    such a cool trip – the US is really full of natural beauty, I am amazed once again!
    happy monday 🙂

    • June 21, 2011
      Kristin

      It is! I think it’s honestly why more Americans don’t travel internationally–it could take you an entire lifetime to just do North America justice!

  • July 7, 2011

    The pictures are really nice especially the 4 “faces”, Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and Roosevelt (I learn), I did not know the place, worthwhile a trip. Most interesting a Motel 6 with a Bison Storage, that can be useful…

  • July 10, 2011

    Ahh, great pictures. The last time I went to Mt Rushmore….was when I was in college. I drove from California to Washington DC (where I was attending college). I believe that was in 1987. I must admit, my favorite pix is of your little furry baby with the 4 Presidents. 😉

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