Mount Rushmore vs. Mother Nature

Our , 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 .  You can’t speed through South Dakota and not stop, right? 

We were a little trepidatious as we drove up the mountain for the , because 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 , 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 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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30 thoughts on “Mount Rushmore vs. Mother Nature

  1. That was so cute how you picked up the kids to have their heads on Mt. Rushmore hehehehe & so what did you have there Mother Nature & her Princess, and the Dude of Earls!???! hehehehe Drive safely!!!!!! hugzzz

  2. That is absolutely breathtaking! Mother nature was also not our friend while on vacation… talk about crazed storms!!

  3. I’ve been to Mt Rushmore and I too was in complete awe. I loved all of South Dakota and even got a chance to tent camp underneath the Crazy Horse memorial. Despite uncooperative Mother Nature looks like you all were enjoying yourselves!!

  4. I’ve never been there (or even within a thousand miles of there, as far as I know). It does look quite impressive, glad you got to see it before the clouds rolled in.

  5. No I have never been there. Still on my list of places to visit.
    Looks so cool!! Love the kids pics!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

  6. I have never been to Mt. Rushmore myself, though my mom and sister made the trip one year.

    Happy WW!
    ~EdT.

  7. I haven’t been there in years! I don’t remember the state pillars. I like the way it looks in the clouds.

  8. I’ve been a couple of times. When we were driving back to Seattle from Grad school in Indiana we stopped. JR had never been. Strike that off his bucket list.

  9. My uncle lives by there. We went a lot when we were kids. I always liked it! They have a great KOA campground there as well! The best one I’ve ever been to. I lived in Georgia for awhile. We lived right by Stone Mountain, which was carved by the same people as Rushmore.

  10. It’s one of the few places I haven’t been – I’m going to have to do something about that.

    I love the photos of the kids, especially the last one together; they look as if they’re thinking mischievous thoughts!

  11. I have never been to mount Rushmore, but it’s on my must see list. Some day I’ll make it there.

    Sorry the weather spoiled your fun, but the photos are still precious and the kids will always remember visiting this historic spot. 🙂

  12. I’ve only seen it once and I was very young. I totally want to take my kids back and see it again. So awesome.

  13. I just love Mt. Rushmore. Haven’t been in years but definitely want to go again. I think it is breathtaking. Sorry the weather didn’t cooperate!

  14. I’m from PA too! I’ve never been out to Rushmore. I’m not much a traveler, sadly. I can imagine how majestic the site is in person!

  15. The pics turned out great despite the weather 🙂 I haven’t been there yet, we went on a road trip but it was like 3 hours out of the way… 🙁

  16. That is so cool! Of course, I’ve seen it before on television but I bet nothing compares to seeing it in person! What an amazing work of art!

  17. I haven’t seen Mount Rushmore yet, but I really would like to have the chance to get there! It must be such an amazing place, I have seen so many beautiful pics about that country!

  18. It definitely looks impressive. I have never been to Mount Rushmore or really any of that part of the country.

  19. Great shots. Little Dude is adorable and PN getting so tall!
    I have not been to Mt Rushmore, my parents went on a trip after I moved away from home for the first time!
    Some day!

  20. What a beautiful picture of Mount Rushmore. The first one in the article, the colors are fantastic! South Dakota is amazing, if you get some time, check out Deadwood Sd. Just like the rest of South Dakota, it is packed with rich history and great places to visit.