Rapid City Presidents, Mt. RushMore, and a REAL Gold Mine!
I'm excited to finally share another part of our trip with you. Let me tell you, South Dakota is fun; it's beautiful! It's a great place for families! I'm so glad we went.
We spent some time visiting the presidents in Rapid City. We weren't able to see them all the first day, so we came back another day, and managed to see them all. It's something we all thoroughly enjoyed. I especially loved how unique each statue was. Take a peek:
This prez was on a speedy mission!
(Someone clearly wasn't paying attention here...)
The drive up to Mount Rushmore can be summed up in one word: "Scary." That is, of course, if you're talking to me. Mr. Mustard Seed would say it was "awesome " or "really cool" or something like that. I'm gonna stick with scary! The day we visited was cold. Just how cold? Well, how about chatter-your-teeth kinda cold. Yep, *that* kinda cold. (My teeth really were chattering!) BW and I were so shivery; we spent most of the time hanging out in the gift shop while Mr. Mustard Seed and Mr. Sunshine explored the chilly Mount Rushmore.
This last picture was actually taken on one of the "really-scary-high-cliff-drop-off-don't-look-down-close-your-eyes-really-tight" roads. Yep, we drove ALL of the big, scary roads. Needles Highway, Iron Mountain Road... And I must tell you, Mr. Mustard Seed said I handled it all like a champ, and didn't let my fear win out. Accomplishment, right there, folks! (You can go ahead and applaud me, if you'd like.) Anyway, the scenic roads had tunnels carved into rocks that we had to drive through. After driving through one, we were greeted with this surprise view of Mt. Rushmore. Pretty cool!
Big Thunder Gold Mine- Keystone, SD
We thought it would be fun to take the boys to a real "western" gold mine. Because we took our vaca in early May, most were closed. Big Thunder Gold Mine in Keystone happened to be open, which worked out perfectly! (Keystone is extremely pretty, too! And, believe me- the taffy shop downtown really does have the BEST taffy!)
Our tour through the gold mine was a lot of fun. Our tour guide did a great job- we learned a lot, explored a lot, and genuinely enjoyed every bit of the experience. BW got the giggles halfway through the tour, and laughed so hard that he actually made the tour guide forget his informational speech. That was kinda funny!
Anyway, grab your hard hat and step inside-
You probably can't tell, but the giggling was happening here. Or, perhaps he was trying to contain the giggle?
And that sums up South Dakota: Part 2! Coming soon: Spearfish Canyon, Roughlock Falls, Deadwood, wildlife, Sylvan Lake and the Badlands!