Deciding to camp at the Game Lodge Campground
inside Custer State Park was the perfect decision. . .
The Wildlife Loop started 250 feet to our right. . .
and the Iron Mountain Road and Needles Highway Loop
created the perfect Scenic Drive for a Day Trip. . .
driving along the Iron Mountain Road. . .
our first view of Mt Rushmore
driving through the tunnels. . .
the views only get better. . .
and better. . .
and better. . .
the last pic of Mt Rushmore was taken from Dave’s rock climb at an overlook. . .
seriously. . .do they every outgrow this need to climb things? LOL. . .that man!
if you are not inclined to drive the pigtail bridges. . .
the hairpin curves. . .and the tunnels. . .
you can take a bus tour. . .which is what we did when we visited in 2010. . .
our F550 was just a little big to try all this. . .
we loved it in the Jeep. . .
or if you’re feeling really brave. . .
well. . .there ya go!
as we begin to descend down into Keystone SD. . .
we can see this profile of Washington in the distance. . .
and as we continue on around, past the actual monument entrance,
we round a corner, and there it is. . .spectacular. . .
with a perfect pullout designed to enjoy the view.
We chose to not return to the actual monument this trip,
as we felt we had thoroughly explored it from every angle Summer 2010. . .
as you can see. . .every single angle. . .LOL!
but it is spectacular, and if you haven’t seen it
up close and personal you need to add it to your list. . .so worth it!
the other tour we did Summer 2010 was the Crazy Horse Monument. . .
so we wanted to see if any progress had been made. . .
I know they’ve been working on it. . .
we could see workers up on it the day we were there. . .
I’m just not sure I can see too much difference in it from the highway angle. . .
what do you think?
Maybe the face is a little more defined. . .not sure? ? ?
I was going to include our Needles Highway Trek
in this post. . .but it’s really getting a little long,
so I think I’ll save it for next time. . .
See you there,
Janice and Dave