This is just one of those places I have been waiting this whole trip to see. Just one of those places that is truly American. As we arrived at Mount Rushmore, it began to thunder and lightening. Buckets of rain poured down. Marc ran back to the truck to get the umbrellas and as he returned the rain stopped. You can see the water on the granite in this picture.
Marcus and Cali picked up Junior Ranger books and we headed to the theater to see the film Mount Rushmore: The Shrine. We learned about Gutzon Borglum who took on the task to create this monument to America. We saw how dynamite was used along with jackhammers, bumper tools and chisels.
Marcus and Caroline took turns pretending to detinate the dynamite in an exhibit.
We took time to walk the Presidential Trail. Alone the trail we read about the Presidents and were surrounded by natural beauty everywhere. A mountain goat even made an appearance.
We stopped by the Sculpture’s Studio to see Borglum’s original model and many of the tools he used. Then we headed back to the visitors center to receive our Junior Ranger badges.
As we walked back through the Avenue of Flags representing the fifty states, we turned once more to get a glimpse of those four men forever watching this great country.