So many things to see, we opted for Mount Rushmore for our first day of exploration. Based on the recommendation from the host at the visitor's information center in Mitchell, we chose the scenic approach up Iron Mountain Road because we would pass through tunnels that would frame the faces.
It looked good in person, but it was hard to get a picture between all the traffic coming and going.
As a whole, experiencing Mount Rushmore was, unfortunately, less than satisfactory. Each face is approximately 60 feet from chin to top of the head (about six stories). However, we could never get close enough to grasp the magnitude of the sculpture. What we saw in person looked like what you saw in a picture. I guess I needed a real person next to a face to get a handle on its size.
Interesting Fact: Mount Rushmore was named after a New York lawyer, Charles E. Rushmore, who was in the Black Hills in 1885 researching mining claims for area mining companies. When he asked his guide the name of the singular feature, he reportedly got the answer that immortalized his name on the landscape. "Never had none. But hereafter we'll call'er Rushmore, by Jingo!" Just goes to show ya....never be afraid to ask a question...you could go down in history!
The sculptor, Gutzon Borglum, chose the mountain because it faced southeast toward the morning sun, and the natural lighting throughout the day makes for a fascinating view of these four presidents who represent 150 years of American history including the birth, growth, preservation, and development of this country.
Interesting Fact: Ninety percent of Rushmore was "carved" using dynamite.
A "surprise" we discovered as we left Mount Rushmore, was the ability to see the sculpture from the backside.
If you would like to read more about Mount Rushmore, here is a link to the official parks website:
National Park Service: Mount Rushmore.
Sightseeing via the motor home is the best. Molly is enjoying spending the day in her "den" (the bedroom) where the air conditioning and closed blinds keep her comfortable and oblivious to what's going on outside...of course, her deafness works in our favor now, too. :)
Ordering the motor home with a combined washer/dryer was something Paul thought would be valuable. I was indifferent...but not any more! We do about a load of wash every other day and we are easily able to keep up with that chore.
Running your life "from the road" has some hurdles which must be overcome, but one of us thinks that adds to the spice of life. The other? Well, let's just say it took him a year to adapt to our new environment/routine when we first moved to the North Hills. :) We were locked out of our checking account and it will be a week before our mail catches up with us with a new password. Learning the "rules" while trying to get a prescription filled with a new insurance company has been interesting, too. However, it's fun to strategize the problem solving (for one of us, anyway) and certainly doesn't make for any dull days. :)