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Wild Horses - Theodore Roosevelt NP - North Dakota

Monday, August 25, 2014

Iron Mountain Road–Mt Rushmore–Crazy Horse Monument –Custer State Park–South Dakota

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. . .

Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges

and the Iron Mountain Road and Needles Highway Loop

created the perfect Scenic Drive for a Day Trip. . .

First view of Mt Rushmore from Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges

driving along the Iron Mountain Road. . .

our first view of Mt Rushmore

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driving through the tunnels. . .

Mt Rushmore as viewed from Iron Mountain Highway Tunnel

the views only get better. . .

exiting tunnel - Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges

and better. . .

Mt Rushmore as viewed from Iron Mountain Highway

and better. . .

Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges

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!

Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges

if you are not inclined to drive the pigtail bridges. . .

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the hairpin curves. . .and the tunnels. . .

Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges

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. . .

Iron Mountain Highway - Pigtail Bridges

or if you’re feeling really brave. . .

well. . .there ya go!

George Washington Profile - Iron Mountain Highway

as we begin to descend down into Keystone SD. . .

we can see this profile of Washington in the distance. . .

George Washington Profile - Mt RushmoreGeorge Washington Profile - Mt Rushmore

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.

back-of-rushmore

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!

Crazy Horse Monument

the other tour we did Summer 2010 was the Crazy Horse Monument. . .

so we wanted to see if any progress had been made. . .

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2010                                                                            2014

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Wildlife–Custer State Park

Being able to see wildlife out in their natural habitat

has ruined the entire zoo experience for us. . .

It just doesn’t get any better than this. . .

Game Lodge Campground - Custer State Park

but first to get the Castle all situated at

Game Lodge Campground – Custer State Park

50A – electric only site

Wildlife Loop - Custer State Park

and then off to drive the Wildlife Loop – first sighting – Pronghorn (Antelope)

Deer - Wildlife Loop - Custer State Park

Deer – of course

Wild Burros - Wildlife Loop - Custer State Park

the Wild Burros

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several young ones. . .this one kicking up his heels. . .

and of course one beggar. . .

 

Buffalo - Wildlife Loop - Custer State Park

one sad lone buffalo. . .definitely male. . .banished I guess.

 

Deer - Fawn - Wildlife Loop - Custer State Park

and when we were almost back to the rig. . .this beautiful little fawn.

Of course you can tell this photo is cropped and pixelated. . .but still beautiful.

Squirrel

this chattery little squirrel at the campground. . .

 

But of course that’s not all. . .

the next day we were talking to the park host,

and told them we had not found the buffalo herd. . .

so he got on the radio, and got their location. . .

Fisherman Flats. . .here we go!

Buffalo - Wildlife Loop Road and Fisherman Flats

First, we found the buffalo traffic jam on Wildlife Loop Road. . .

Buffalo - Wildlife Loop Road and Fisherman Flats

having a really good scratch on the railing. . .ahh that feels good!

Buffalo - Wildlife Loop Road and Fisherman Flats

Buffalo - Wildlife Loop Road and Fisherman Flats

but. . .thanks to a fabulous park host and the ranger. . .

we know the secret place. . .

there are literally hundreds of them in every direction. . .

 

Buffalo - Wildlife Loop Road and Fisherman Flats

practicing?  LOL. . .looked a little young for the real thing.

Every year Custer State Park has a buffalo roundup. . .

the buffalo are auctioned off to private enterprises

to maintain the health of the herd. . .

 

I would think the rut would start pretty soon. . .

wonder if they schedule the roundup before that happens?

this year it will start on September 26. . .

wish we could be here to see it. . .

but alas. . .reservations must be made WAY in advance.

Buffalo - Wildlife Loop Road and Fisherman Flats

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these guys are massive

Buffalo - Wildlife Loop Road and Fisherman Flats

the head Mamba Jamba. . .trust me. . .he had the goods to prove it!

Buffalo - Wildlife Loop Road and Fisherman Flats

cute calf. . .

Buffalo - Wildlife Loop Road and Fisherman Flats

nothing interrupts nursing time. . .

Buffalo - Wildlife Loop Road and Fisherman Flats

rubbing, and rubbing, and rubbing his little nubs against the dirt bank. . .

they must have been itching

Buffalo - Wildlife Loop Road and Fisherman Flats

ain’t nothing like a good dust bath. . .

 

but that’s still not all. . .

Wild Turkey

driving the Needles Highway on Wednesday,

we see this turkey with her brood, which are not visible. . .

Bighorn Sheep

and then, once again. . .almost back to the campground. . .

there are a herd of Bighorn Sheep grazing on the lawn at the General Store. . .

Bighorn Sheep - Custer State Park

this guy doesn’t seem very old. . .but he was definitely in charge of his wimmen. . .ha ha!

What a fabulous time we’ve had at Custer State Park. . .

this is ONLY the wildlife we’ve seen. ..

We still haf’ta show you the Iron Mountain and Needles Highway. . .

absolutely spectacular. . .

 

See you next time on the Iron Mountain Highway. . .

so we can show you our spectacular views of Mt Rushmore. . .

‘til then,

Janice and Dave

 

 

 

Friday, August 22, 2014

The City of Presidents–Rapid City South Dakota

 

again with the rain. . .

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we left Medora Friday morning in a bit of a drizzle. ..

thankfully, we drove out from under it within half an hour

Lazy J Campground - Rapid City SD - tight spaces - 50A FHU pull through

the five hour drive to Rapid City was a bit longer than we’ve been doing. . .

here we are all set up at Lazy J RV Park out on Hwy 16. . .

a bit of a tight squeeze. . .but very doable for  a two night stay.

50A FHU Pull Through

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and then on Saturday. . .the reason for our stopover in Rapid City. . .

The City of Presidents Walking Tour

We had seen a handful of the Statues when we were here in 2010. . .

we have returned to see them all. . .

a great reason to take a 24 block stroll through the city. . .

We will show you a few of our very faves. . .

Dwight D. Eisenhower #34 - City of Presidents Walking Tour

Eisenhower – President when both of us were born. . .

John F. Kennedy #35 - City of Presidents Walking Tour

Kennedy – the first President I actually remember. . .

I also remember where I was that fateful day. . .

six years old. . .sitting in the car as my Mom came out of the bank crying. . .

Abraham Lincoln #16 - City of Presidents Walking Tour

Lincoln – the President I remember learning the most about in school

Thomas Jefferson #3 - City of Presidents Walking Tour

Thomas Jefferson – the man was brilliant. . .wow!
Love reading his stuff and seeing his designs

Theodore Roosevelt #26 - City of Presidents Walking Tour

Teddy Roosevelt – the President with the foresight

to set aside National Park Lands. . .

I’m so thankful!

George Herbert Walker Bush #41 - City of Presidents Walking TourLyndon B. Johnson #36 - City of Presidents Walking TourGeorge W. Bush #43 - City of Presidents Walking Tour

TEXANS!

Ronald Reagan #40 - City of Presidents Walking Tour

our very favorite President – Reagan

 

Mural - City of Presidents Walking Tour

a very appropriate mural. . .

City of Presidents Walking Tour

and a couple of fun things. . .

these newlyweds are getting life together started off right!

Poor Mailman - can you imagine having this beat in winter? - City of Presidents Walking Tour

and the poor mailman. . .I feel your pain buddy. ..

don’t envy you that chore in a couple of months. . .

Stavkirke - Chapel in the Hills - http://www.chapel-in-the-hills.org/

this is another Stavkirke – a Norwegian House of Worship

discovered on TripAdvisor – Chapel in the Hills

Terry, Becky, Estes Park Colorado

and the finishing touch to our Saturday. . .

a meet up with former co-workers and fellow RV’ers,

Terry and Becky, who we met in Estes Park Colorado,

when we were all Park Hosts there. . .

So great to see you guys again.

 

We’ll see you next at Custer State Park,

‘til then,

Janice and Dave