Friday, May 24, 2013

Rapid City - Keystone & Mt Rushmore

Rapid City has been an interesting place to visit. After living on the Great Plains of Nebraska you would have thought that in the five short years that I have been away I wouldn't forget how the wind can blow and weather can change without any warning.

For the last two and one half days I have been living in my Roadtrek at Cabela's RV parking area.

Domus Dulcis Domus

Cabela's conveniently located off I-90 at exit 61 is close to all the National Parks and services needed.

There has been an observation made of the people I see in Rapid City and especially the hill country known as the Badlands of South Dakota. Is it me or are the men wanting to look like Buffalo Bill Cody?

In the Badlands of South Dakota the men wear their hair long and beards to match.

Some of the women, not all of them mind you, are more likely to have a horse named Maybelline than to have Maybelline in their purse.

Mt Rushmore has been an interesting drive up into the hill country with the wind gusting up to 50 mph.

The foothills of Mt Rushmore

 Mt Rushmore features 60 foot sculptures of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln.
The carved granite face of Mt Rushmore is near Keystone, a village just below the monument.

Gutzon Borglum is the sculptor who dedicated his life to Mt Rushmore.
The sculpting began in 1927 and was completed between 1934 and 1939.

Another prominent feature of Mt Rushmore are the 1,000 stairs there are to climb to the top.

Big Horn Sheep along a walking trail.

A docile bear walking by.

Rapid City has been an interesting place to visit but my next stop is Devil's Tower National Park Wyoming.
Devil's Tower has been known as the Badlands of Wyoming and is about an hour and 30 minutes from Rapid City.

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