We all really enjoyed all the information inside Mt.Rushmore National Monument explaining how it was designed and built. There are movies on both the building of the monument as well as a good movie about the wildlife in the area.
From Rushmore, we headed toward Custer State Park. Along the way, we passed through Keystone where we found this great German restaurant for lunch. We had various sausages, along with homemade chicken spaetzle soup, kraut, rutkohl and fresh horseradish. I believe the boys’ Oma’s would have really enjoyed it!
And Joe G. if you are reading his from your base in Germany, please note that Trevor was intent on getting you a fresh new buffalo chip to replace the one that’s been getting mailed around the family. We reminded him, however, than Uncle Alan said it’s a problem mailing these to an overseas army base since they will ask you what is inside and they don’t take kindly to you telling them you are mailing a box of sh$t!
My favorite animals in the park were by far the wild burros.
Crazy Horse is the ultimate in a family dream. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski and Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear officially started Crazy Horse Memorial in 1948. The Memorial's mission is to honor the culture, tradition and living heritage of North American Indians. Although Korczak died, in 1982, he had imparts to his wife and 10 children, “not only the necessary knowledge and skill, but also a deep love of the Crazy Horse dream”. This dream is totally privately funded through donations. The Ziolkowski refuses any government funding, wanting to keep out any interference that might cause this world’s largest sculpture from in any way deviating from Korczak and Standing Bear’s original vision.
We spent quite a bit of time touring the visitor’s center where this is a detailed pictorial history from 1948 to present on the monument progress.
The guys were drawn to this special motorcycle designed specifically in honor of the monument and donated to the cause. A raffle was held that brought in 200K+. The couple that won the bike leave it on display at the center.
We talked about the boys coming back here someday with our grandchildren wondering what it would look like by then. It feels sort of like you’ve visited something like the pyramids, midway through their construction!
On the way back to camp, we dropped by the local market and bought some buffalo burger, which Kyle grilled to perfection! Did you know that per oz. buffalo has less fat and calories than beef, pork or chicken?