Posts Tagged ‘Mt. Rushmore’

Deadwood

Deadwood, South Dakota.

I spent a leisurely morning at the casinos in Deadwood and came away with $200.00 bucks more than I went in with…time to quit and escape with the loot.

It might have been more fun to rob a bank in the old west style as many Deadwood visitors had in the past, but, I still felt good taking instead of giving 🙂

Cathy

 

 

Mt. Rushmore

This year marks the 70th anniversary of the completion of the Mount Rushmore carving.  With more than 3 million visitors in 2010, it is recognized internationally as a symbol of freedom, patriotism and democracy.

There are lots of camping spots around Mt. Rushmore and I chose a KOA between the Mt. Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial.  I checked in, put up the tent and headed for the evening lighting ceremony.

I admit to many tears during the ceremony as it celebrated not only our freedoms but those that fought for those freedoms.  My dad stormed the beach at Iwo Jima in WWII and my brother was in Vietnam during the Tet offensive, both proud United States Marines.

“My plan is to make Rushmore a center in the heart of America so attractive, so comprehending, that the inevitable visiting world will assemble there with something more than curiosity, and go away with something more than wonder.”  Sculptor Gutzon Borglum

Cathy