Saturday, July 18, 2009

Mt. Rushmore ...Awesome sight !!!!

July 17,Friday, Slept in till 9am, I needed that... went to the office to check in and get travel maps of the area. I missed it last night at 5pm one of the cabins caught fire and burned out, luckily all got out and the Fire trucks are housed in the campground. The owner told me that he contracts out to the National Forrest Parks to fight fires under contract on Federal land. The campground is full of campers, lots of motorcycles because of the Sturgis ,S.D. Rally in a week!! Some pull a tent trailer behind their looking rigs Too!!

We then leave at noon to go to Mt. Rushmore only 11 miles from the camp. The roads are very sharp curves and switch backs..7 miles of 300 curves they say. No campers should try these roads. We stop at overlooks and pull offs to see the sights and the 4 presidents on the rock. We arrive at the lot, $10.00/car pass good till the end of the year. You may enter as many times as you like with the pass. We have a Ranger Walk as he takes us along the Presidental pathway to explain the History of Mt.Rushmore. He was very good speaker and held the crowds attention. We made about 4 stops along the way getting closer to the heads on the rock. Many tibits were shared with us.

Back to camp for supper, afterwards we took a drive towards Custer's Park Loop. We saw antelope..yes they do play!! we saw them play with each other in the fields. We then came around the bend and there it was .... A Bison standing in my lane!! Just licking the water puddle in the road, then we saw several more up the bank. Down the road we saw hundreds grazing off in the pasture. We even saw a mother feeding her young calf,there was another nearby close , we think she might have had Twins. We then returned to camp because of darkness and did not want to hit any animals after dark. Tomorrow we will continue thru Custer Park...Till Then ..
I have 4 albums to down load, but the wi-fi is slow here so you will have to wait to see the pictures of the past 4 days!!!
.God Bless...AirstreamHobo & Carol

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