|Deb standing with statue of George Washington|
The pace out west seemed calmer to me or maybe it was due to the fact that we were on vacation, but residents and workers we encountered were helpful and friendly. We walked the downtown Main Street section of town. On every corner is a full size statue of a United States president beginning with George Washington up to George W. Bush. The current president in office doesn't receive a statue until several years after he completes his term. We walked around and tried to see and name as many as we could. I thought how much of a disappointment I'd be to my former history teachers if they saw how many I failed to identify without looking at the name plates.
|Downtown Rapid City, S.D.|
After our late lunch we were out exploring again and headed over to Memorial Park. Its at least four times bigger than the Memorial Park in Pottstown with a long trail which we walked for several miles. We hopped onto their trolley and for only a couple of dollars you can tour around the city and look out at the sites. At the top of Skyline Drive you can see for miles. Dinosaur Park is located here and kids can enjoy the full sized concrete creatures setup along the drive.
|Closeup of the completed head of Crazy Horse|
The bartender was really friendly and we chatted about his hometown. A tour guide couldn't have done a better job. We munched on tasty appetizers and a pint of draft beer was a buck. Now this is my kind of place. We went back the following evening for dinner.
|Overview of Crazy Horse Monument|
We paid several dollars and took a ride on an old yellow school bus along a dirt road to get a closer look at the colossal carving. The guide filled in many fascinating details and Native American history not learned in a classroom. Peering up at the bluest sky above the sand colored completed face, I snapped a number of photos. Deb and I promised ourselves to revisit the memorial in ten years to see the progress made in a decade.
|Profile view of George Washington|
|Walking through the Avenue of Flags at Mount Rushmore|
|Mount Rushmore photographed from the Grand View Terrace|
We took advantage of the remaining time and treated ourselves to an ice cream cone. The concession is noted for their raspberry flavor. We sat silently as we looked again and again at the granite faces, in awe that hands and sweat could fashion such a perfect monument. That was the tastiest ice cream cone I ever ate. With a view like that there was never a doubt.