The Black Hills of South Dakota

Custer State Park has loads of wildlife.  We drove around the wildlife loop and got our eyes full.  Here are some pics:

Antelope

Pronghorn

Elk

Elk

Bison

Bison

Mountain Goats

Mountain Goats

Donkey

Burros

Big Horn Sheep

Big Horn Sheep

Mountain Bluebird

Mountain Bluebird

Of course a stop at Mount Rushmore National Memorial is a must.  I’ve seen this a few times before and each time I’m in awe of the magnificent feat of engineering required create this sculpture out of a mountain.

Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore

The world’s largest mountain carving is now in progress…Crazy Horse Memorial. The American Indians would like the white man to know the red man has great heroes, too. This is way bigger than Mount Rushmore.  In fact, all four heads of Mount Rushmore would fit inside Crazy Horse’s head alone. Unlike Mount Rushmore no state or federal funds are being accepted to create this project, being financed primarily from an admission fee, which this year is $10 each.

Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial

Crazy Horse Memorial in Progress

Crazy Horse Memorial in Progress

We enjoyed a performance by Jumping Buffalo, 6th generation grandson of Sitting Bull.

Native American Dancer Jumping Buffalo

Native American Dancer Jumping Buffalo

Both Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial have great visitor centers with tons of information about the history and construction of the monuments.

We crammed all this into one day.  Tomorrow we head east again.

 

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