At past Rallys we have usually spent time with Tom and Darlene McCloud site seeing, and this rally is no different. Tom approached me on Monday about what days we would like to get out and see some of the local sites. Initially we had agreed to go and drive Spearfish Canyon on Tuesday, then on Thursday head over to see Mt. Rushmore. Well, Tuesday ended up being a day I helped Todd begin the installation of his satellite dish. Originally I had thought I would work on his dish in the morning, then go do the driving tour of Spearfish Canyon, however, I had more than a normal amount of insurance stuff to catch up on, and did not get to Todd's coach until early afternoon, which is when we were going to go driving. I stayed home and worked on Todd's satellite dish, but TLE went with Tom and Darlene.
Since our Thursday jaunt was to be an all day event I scheduled nothing else to be sure nothing would interfere with the day. I don't know about you, but I have always wanted to see Mt. Rushmore.......well, ever since I saw the 1959 Alfred Hitchcock movie "North By Northwest" starring Cary Grant and Eva Marie Saint in which Mt. Rushmore, and the surrounding environs had a prominent roll.
We departed Elkhorn Ridge around 10:15 am headed for our initial destination of the day, Keystone, SD. Keystone is just a few miles from Mt. Rushmore, but houses a museum dedicated to the sculptor, Gutson Borglum, the son of Danish immigrants, who conceived, and "built" this memorial dedicated to the miracle we call the United States of America, honoring George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Teddy Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. No pictures are allowed inside the museum.
The drive to Keystone from Spearfish is about 62 miles. The weather Thursday was just gorgeous, and the drive was uneventful. Keystone is a town basically dedicated to tourists who come to visit Mt. Rushmore, and the other numerous touristy attractions in the area, and they are numerous, but our only reason for being in the area was to see Mt. Rushmore, and drive through and around Custer State Park. Of course there are the usual souvenir shops replete with everything "Rushmore". When we arrived it was after 11:30, and by the time we located suitable parking it was time for a little nourishment, so we headed over to a local pizza place with outdoor dining (the McClouds had their sweet dog Missy with them) where we all got the "Pizza Combo" (slice of pizza and a drink) for $4.50. It was delicious stuffed pizza, and really hit the spot.
Once we were properly fortified with nourishment we walked the short distance over to the Borglum Historical Center where we were each separated from a $5 bill to do the "half" tour....of course the full tour is $10, just like about everything else we would see this day. We watched a movie about Gutzon Borglum and his life as a sculptor. It is about 23 minutes long, and I recommend seeing it before you go to Mt. Rushmore, but you can do it in any order that pleases you, or not see it at all. I just think the movie gives one perspective for the actual monument. In addition to the short movie there is a sort of pictorial museum, and a number of sculptures Gutzon Borglum created in his lifetime. Abraham Lincoln was his favorite President, and he did numerous sculptures of Lincoln, as well as naming his son Lincoln.
From Keystone it is a short 3 miles to this National Monument......you are driving along seeing signs that say you are almost there when suddenly you turn a corner and there it is.
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