For our 43rd wedding anniversary, which was in April, we decided to go to Mount Rushmore. Neither of us had ever been there and it was a trip that was on my bucket list. So here goes . . .
My first thought as we started into Wyoming, was how much snow they still had in the middle of April, it was crazy! They still have lots of snow in the mountains, and it's the middle of June!
We saw these funny, furry little Mountain Goats along the road. Aren't they funny looking . . . beautiful, but still a bit awkward looking and funny?! I think they were just happy to find something green to munch on.
It was a long trip through Wyoming, if you have been there you will know what I mean. Some parts are just gorgeous, and others are just sagebrush and rock, which by the way, I find beautiful. When we got to Muddy Gap, Wyoming, we stopped to get gas, (it was like putting gold in the tank), and I couldn't help but giggle when I saw this . . . motel. Now, don't get me wrong, if you have ever been to, Muddy Gap in the winter, I'm quite sure that this motel would have looked like, The Ritz, if you were stranded on the road with nowhere to stay. I thought it was funny, and sent a picture to my family and friends, telling them that this was the best we could do the first night! Some of them even fell for it!
I love traveling and love to take photos of things that I find interesting, and I thought that this highway was very interesting! The road was red! The rock in that area was very red, and I'm sure that's what was put over the tar on the road - I loved it! It felt like we were driving on a very smooth, beautiful dirt road!
Right before you get to, Mount Rushmore, you can stop at, Crazy Horse Monument, it was an amazing place! I could just go on and on about all of the good things that they have done for the American Indians in that area of South Dakota! It was raining when we got there so we didn't go up to the monument, but it was just an amazing place to visit. This beautiful monument won't be done in my lifetime, but it will be gorgeous when it is finished! You can see where they have painted on the rock where the horses head will be when it is finished.
This is what it will look like when it's completed...just beautiful!
Then we were off to, Mount Rushmore . . . it was beautiful! It wasn't as big as I thought it would be, but way more beautiful and awe-inspiring than I could ever imagine! I was actually overcome by it's beauty and had to wipe away tears a few times.
The next photo is one of my favorite, because it's so unexpected. You can see this, only as you are leaving the monument site.
I will leave you with one of my favorite displays at the museum . . .
"I do the very best I know how - the very best I can; and I mean to
keep on doing so until the end."
A very good motto to live by, and a very good place to end . . . until next time.