Our road trip, while exhausting, was a lot of fun. One of the places we did make a point to stop and spend some time at during our travels was Mount Rushmore. You can’t speed through South Dakota and not stop, right?
We were a little trepidatious as we drove up the mountain for the breathtaking view, because Mother Nature was being uncooperative for the first time in all the many days of travel, with clouds hovering menacingly and threatening to rain on our parade. As we got ready to walk up to the viewpoint from the mountain, I snapped a quick shot from the parking lot:
The parking lot was pretty much packed, even though we went fairly early in the morning since we had a long drive stretching before us. As we walked up to the observation area, I was able to zoom in over the heads of the multitudes of tourists to grab a decent shot:
We decided to take a little side trip into the gift shop to pick up some trinkets and souvenirs and were a bit disappointed that Mother Nature was busy during that 45 minutes by shrouding the mountain with low clouds:
Good thing I got the shot I did walking up to it. The clouds didn’t deter us from taking pictures of the kids in front of it, though – and since the observation area was teeming with tourists, the hubby lifted each kid up high enough to cut out the heads of the tourists and just get the kids:
On the way out, we spotted the pillar for Pennsylvania and I wanted to get a picture of the kids in front of it (it was starting to rain, but they obliged although somewhat reluctantly):
This is the third time I’ve had the privilege of visiting Mount Rushmore, and it’s still as impressive as the first time I saw it in person, though now it’s become even more crazy and commercialized than it used to be.
Have you ever been to Mount Rushmore?
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