Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Badlands, Mt Rushmore and Crazy Horse

We spent a night at Badlands National Park campground and then drove the Badlands scenic loop the following day.

I really enjoyed driving through the loop that looked like this.

Much of the Badlands reminds me of the Colorado Plateau.

Mount Rushmore National Memorial was more impressive than I expected. I mean, I knew the sculpture itself would be impressive, but the whole setup is wonderfully done - the visitor center, museum, hike through the park, sculptor's studio, etc.

There are many places to take pictures of Mount Rushmore to get different angles and views.

In the sculptor's studio is a model of what Mount Rushmore was intended to look like when finished.

It rained while we were there and I got a shot of the half-soaked faces.

We also drove over to the Crazy Horse Memorial. When finished, it'll be the world's largest sculpture at 563 feet high and 641 feet long. Right now, only the face is done. You can see the actual sculpture in the background of this model.

Here it is zoomed in a bit.

Crazy Horse's face is 87.5 feet high and 58 feet wide. Compare the presidents in Mount Rushmore whose faces are about 60 feet high.

There's so much to see and do in South Dakota. Definitely a place worth spending some time. I still have one most post to add to this blog from South Dakota. Stay tuned.