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Mt Rushmore and the Black Hills

Mountain time is a killer

What should I do when I wake up at my normal time but it is 4:30 in the morning? You get up and take a long shower and then go for a long walk with your hubby and enjoy the higher elevation and the crisp, clean air! Then when everyone else wakes up you head to do something on your list of things you always wanted to see in person. We went to see Mount Rushmore today. One of those sites that are fun to go to once. Impressively big, a remarkable story on the history of why the four men were chosen, and unbelievable to see the way the sculpture was made using dynamite and little jack hammers. I loved walking up the Presidential Trail and seeing the views of the Black Hills plus of course the different views of the Rushmore.

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I liked the detail of the eyes! And here is one of my favorite pics of Karen and me.
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The view from the trail was so pretty.
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Here is my parting shot of Mt Rushmore from the Canadian side...
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We spent the next couple of hours walking around the little tourist trap, I mean town of Keystone. I especially enjoyed the chainsaw sculptures. Of course I needed to try them all.
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Kim was busy with the Rock guy. And I took time to rest with Honest Abe.
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Then we took the scenic road to Hill City where we were going to catch our train ride. We actually had a few sprinkles here but the guys tailgate anyways and we ate lunch at the depot. Our train ride was on an 1800 steam engine. It ran on oil not coal but still had some cool steam blasts and of course the whistle!
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Here are some pics from along the way.
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The trip home gave us a piece of a rainbow but no rain. Wynn grilled hamburgers for our dinner. He always grills on Father's Day so this was no different. Thank you kids back home in Ohio for calling him and making his day special!

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The bed is calling and day 2 is complete!
Goodnight!
Brenda

Posted by brendagerber07 20:11

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Brenda you look like your really enjoying yourself. Love the pics, Rich and Rick have been checking them out too. Finally got some good rain here and your flowers look great. I'll see Sharia later and tell her you said hello.

by Kathy Miller

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