Parks and Canyons Day3

Canyons Spectacular - 2015
Day 3

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This is part 4 of the story of our trip, this part is from Denver to Las Vegas, USA  in May/June of 2015.  It was part of a round the world trip that
included France, London and the USA (New York, Niagara Falls, Canyon Country and the Tall Trees)

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Globus:
After an orientation tour of Rapid City, visit CRAZY HORSE MEMORIAL, built in honour of the fearless Sioux Indian chief whose fame is derived from the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Afterward, explore MOUNT RUSHMORE NATIONAL MEMORIAL, which features the monumental likenesses of four U.S. presidents - Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Theodore Roosevelt carved on the face of a mountain. Maybe stroll along the Presidential Trail for more intimate views, or visit the Information Centre. Two other trails lead to Borglum View Terrace and the Sculptor’s Studio: A nature trail starting from the main entryway and a steep trail with uneven steps that starts from Grandview Terrace. Population of town 68000
When we left our hotel it was raining and misty and this did not change as we arrived at our first destination for the day, the Crazy Horse Memorial.  You could make out the giant sculpture from the entrance and it is impressive.  Due to the mist there were no tours to the base of the sculpture, which meant that you could not get close to the base of the memorial for a better look, so instead we wandered around the various information/museum areas.  After a while we noted that the mist was lifting and headed back outside to catch a bus if tours were now running.  Thankfully they were and off we went in a historic bus.  The old school bus went slowly down to the base of the mountain and allowed some great views of the actual workings of the 'sculptures'.  Back inside the information center we noted the large white model they based the mountain works on before we ran out of time and headed back to our bus which would take us to Mount Rushmore and the impressive 4 presidents, again carved out of a mountain.  Just before the Mount Rushmore Memorial we stopped for some reason at a pull in.  Like always we got out and discovered the first president was clearly visible in profile - President Washington.  Back into the bus and we were soon at the entrance to the Memorial.  Here we noted on some of the walks some lovely orchids.  We were quite delighted.  We headed down the main path, the avenue of flags and amazingly spotted a little chipmunk who was looking for scraps.  Moving on, the carved figures loomed larger until we arrived at the large viewing area.  We were very impressed that these were carved so well some 60-70 years ago.  Amazingly they are actually not finished, but no work will be done to complete them to what was originally intended.  We headed down to the sculptors working area to look at his scale model and then headed off on a walkway back to the entrance, finding many native wildflowers along the way.  At this time we went to have lunch.  Here I learnt that even if the sign said Bison Burger it was called a beef burger. After an uneventful trip back to our hotel, we went for a walk in Founder's Park which was along the nearby river, before heading back for dinner.

Map:  Rapid City to Crazy Horse Memorial, then onto Mount Rushmore National Memorial and return to Rapid City.   125 km.

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On the road to the Crazy Horse Memorial. View of the Memorial from the Highway. A bit misty, so no close up tours yet of the Crazy Horse Memorial.
Crazy Horse Memorial. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski Crazy Horse Memorial. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski Crazy Horse Memorial. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski
Crazy Horse Memorial. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski Finally the mist disperses, so we can get close to the base. Crazy Horse Memorial. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski
Crazy Horse Memorial. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski Crazy Horse Memorial. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski Crazy Horse Memorial. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski
Crazy Horse Memorial. Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski View from the visitors centre - Crazy Horse Memorial. Crazy Horse Memorial.
A small scale model of what the memorial should look like when complete A small scale model of what the memorial should look like when complete It's getting there - only 40 years more to go!
Visitors centre, Crazy Horse Memorial. On the road to Mount Rushmore Now where is this president?
There he is - George Washington Closer - George Washington George Washington
Another angle, George Washington Found a flower at the memorial Spring coralroot (Corallorhiza wisteriana) - also called Arousing coralroot or Wister's Coralroot
Avenue of Flags with Mount Rushmore in the background Avenue of Flags with Mount Rushmore in the background 60 foot tall profiles of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln
Chipmunk, being careful Chipmunk Famous presidents from the first 150 years of the USA.
Original idea for the Memorial was by historian Doane Robinson and the sculpture was by Gutzon Borglum Construction on the memorial began in 1927, and the presidents' faces were completed between 1934 and 1939 Lack of funding forced construction to end in late October 1941.
The walkway to the base of the sculptures - unfortunately this was closed. Sculptor, John Gutzon de la Mothe Borglum (March 25, 1867 – March 6, 1941) Working model. Spring coralroot   (Corallorhiza wisteriana) — also called Arousing coralroot or Wister's Coralroot
Spring coralroot  (Corallorhiza wisteriana)  — Arousing coralroot or Wister's Coralroot Shooting Star - Dodecatheon pulchellum
More flowers to photograph Keystone, South Dakota from the bus Keystone, South Dakota from the bus
Keystone, South Dakota from the bus Keystone, South Dakota from the bus Heading back into Rapid City.
Out for a walk near our Hotel - Trout Sculpture, Founders Park.  The park is named for the original "founders" of Rapid City who camped on this site when the original township was surveyed and laid out. The Eagles memorial in Founder's Park - for fallen Police officers. Adoba Hotel - Foyer

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