Bear Country, Mounties R Us and one crazy horse.

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Memorial marker to the creator of skyline drive in Rapid City.

Yesterday was a lazy day for us….well I guess sort of a lazy day. We got up intent on doing laundry YUCK! But it’s a necessary evil. So after keeping the dryer from eating my unmentionables ;) We headed off to the Dinosaur Park, which we’d seen the signs for as we had driven through Rapid City. As we were trying to find it we realized we didn’t remember what street we saw the sign on lol but we found it! It was up on Skyline drive, which in itself everyone should definitely drive if you’re ever in Rapid City. You can see the entire city from the road and it has a couple of viewpoints where you can park and enjoy the view. Dinosaur Park was a great park, it has 10 or so dinosaurs on display outside, but beware the steps up to them are many and steep.

Skyline drive view.
When we came back down we had some lunch at the restaurant that was attached to the Dinosaur Park gift shop and I highly recommend the bbq beef sandwich! Dad had the double cheeseburger and said it was like a greasy spoon so if you like something like that then go for it!

On our way to Mt. Rushmore we saw Bear Country U.S.A. which is a drive through Wildlife Park just right outside Rapid City. It takes about an hour to finish the park and was something we enjoyed especially with Beethoven growling like a maniac at everything! We saw elk, goats, wolves, donkeys, buffalos and lots of bears (hence the name Bear Country). At the end of the drive is a small walk through park where we saw tons of different animals which ranged anywhere between badgers to grizzly bears.

Hiya!
There was the cutest little 7 week old Mountain Lion named Savannah and she stole a lot of people’s hearts. I heard one little girl ask her mom if she could take her home! The gift shop was enormous but very cute. There were a lot of bear statues throughout the park being ornery. For example at the top of the gift shop on a ledge was a bear statue peaking through the window along with another getting in the trash can outside the shop. The park was fun and if you get a chance you ought to go through it.

Today we got up to nice cool weather which was a change from the 100* + weather we’ve been having. So with that in mind we headed off to Mount Rushmore and The Crazy Horse Memorial. First we went to Mt. Rushmore and we thoroughly enjoyed it.

Fighting Stallions
I couldn’t believe the combination of people there. I saw a license plate from Columbia, and I heard people speaking Chinese and Russian. It was a nice mix of people there and I was pleasantly surprised. I headed down the Avenue of Flags snapping tons of pictures and ended on the viewing veranda above the amphitheatre. I have to say I was expecting something great but instead I got something that was fantastic and I think everyone should see it at least once in their lifetimes. I went down to the museum to read about how Borglum created each and everyone one of the faces. It’s mind boggling how at that age and in that time he created such an enormous piece of art. I then headed to the sculptors studio to learn more about Borglum and see some of the tools he used. After hitting the gift shop we headed off to Crazy Horse.
Skyline drive view.

As we pulled up to Crazy Horse I was very excited. I still think and always will believe that the price to get into the exhibit is a little expensive. It was $10 a person or $25 a car load, which compared to $8 parking at Mt. Rushmore, is a little expensive but it is a privately owned and operated establishment. I hadn’t realized that the story behind the sculpture was so History Orientated. After watching the orientation video you get the idea of how important finishing the sculpture is too so many people around the world. There’s a lot of Lakota History behind Crazy Horse and I encourage anyone who goes there to listen to the stories and be drawn into the culture of the monument to such a great man. I really enjoyed going through the creator’s home that they’ve saved for everyone to see. There was a cat milling around and people were saying that it was the family’s cat. After finishing up with the fighting stallions and the nature gate we headed for the cabin. Although the weather was around 70* and overcast it was still a work out to walk around both of these and I suggest going when the weather is cool.

Ciao!

WaltJake says:
Yeah, Crazy Horse doesn't look any different to me than it did 9 years ago!
Posted on: Aug 07, 2007
ladybuglover_01 says:
I know me too but I doubt I'll even live to see it completed.
Posted on: Aug 03, 2007
X_Drive says:
I loved Crazy Horse. I would really like to see it completed.
Posted on: Aug 03, 2007
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Memorial marker to the creator of …
Memorial marker to the creator of…
Skyline drive view.
Skyline drive view.
Hiya!
Hiya!
Fighting Stallions
Fighting Stallions
Skyline drive view.
Skyline drive view.
S.D. scenery.
S.D. scenery.
Me feeding the horses.
Me feeding the horses.
The moon from our porch.
The moon from our porch.
In Nemo S.D.
In Nemo S.D.
I <3 the moon a.k.a. the Boom! As …
I <3 the moon a.k.a. the Boom! As…
Side of the cabin
Side of the cabin
Model T in the front yard.
Model T in the front yard.
The creek in front of the cabin
The creek in front of the cabin
Skyline drive view.
Skyline drive view.
Skyline drive view.
Skyline drive view.
Skyline drive view.
Skyline drive view.
The top of Dinosaur Park.
The top of Dinosaur Park.
Me @ Dino Park getting a sugar hig…
Me @ Dino Park getting a sugar hi…
Rawr times 2!
Rawr times 2!
Hes big n scary ;)
He's big 'n scary ;)
Awe what a cutie.
Awe what a cutie.
Skyline drive view.
Skyline drive view.
A really cute house in Nemo.
A really cute house in Nemo.
Bears @ Bear Country U.S.A.
Bears @ Bear Country U.S.A.
Bears @ Bear Country U.S.A.
Bears @ Bear Country U.S.A.
Bears @ Bear Country U.S.A.
Bears @ Bear Country U.S.A.
The bear decided we needed to paus…
The bear decided we needed to pau…
Bears @ Bear Country U.S.A.
Bears @ Bear Country U.S.A.
This bear needed a scratch...
This bear needed a scratch...
He wouldnt move for anything!
He wouldn't move for anything!
Ello...?
'Ello...?
Bears @ Bear Country U.S.A.
Bears @ Bear Country U.S.A.
Its amazing how they fall asleep …
It's amazing how they fall asleep…
A miner!
A miner!
Elk @ Bear Country U.S.A.
Elk @ Bear Country U.S.A.
Reindeer @ Bear Country U.S.A.
Reindeer @ Bear Country U.S.A.
Reindeer @ Bear Country U.S.A.
Reindeer @ Bear Country U.S.A.
Timberwolves at Bear Country...he…
Timberwolves at Bear Country...he…
Mt. Goats
Mt. Goats
A goat with tude!
A goat with 'tude!
The cute baby goat.
The cute baby goat.
Buffalo! again lol
Buffalo! again lol
Meet Savannah, shes a 7 week old …
Meet Savannah, she's a 7 week old…
Shes chasing her tail and I fell …
She's chasing her tail and I fell…
I wanted to take her home like ano…
I wanted to take her home like an…
Rawr!
Rawr!
She saw a lady in bright pink and …
She saw a lady in bright pink and…
Shes way too cute!
She's way too cute!
Shes playing with the grass.
She's playing with the grass.
Awe Savannah again ;)
Awe Savannah again ;)
Lynx at B.C.
Lynx at B.C.
More Lynxs theyre against the wa…
More Lynx's they're against the w…
Donkeys!
Donkeys!
A grizzly bear.
A grizzly bear.
Badger...he was angry.
Badger...he was angry.
Mama skunk and babies ;)
Mama skunk and babies ;)
A ginormous porcupine!
A ginormous porcupine!
Bobcat.
Bobcat.
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Mount Rushmore National Memorial
Borglum, creator of Mt. Rushmore.
Borglum, creator of Mt. Rushmore.
Bears at B.C.
Bears at B.C.
A wolf wanting to get ahold of the…
A wolf wanting to get ahold of th…
Some ornery foxes.
Some ornery foxes.
Yes??
Yes??
Bear Country had several of these …
Bear Country had several of these…
Indian dress in the Crazy Horse Mu…
Indian dress in the Crazy Horse M…
Me & Crazy Horse
Me & Crazy Horse
The poem to be inscribed in the mo…
The poem to be inscribed in the m…
Steps to creating Crazy Horses fa…
Steps to creating Crazy Horse's f…
The beginning of the mountain
The beginning of the mountain
The mountain as of 97
The mountain as of '97
How the artist wanted it to look.
How the artist wanted it to look.
Borglums original model of Mt Rus…
Borglum's original model of Mt Ru…
Winch used to create Mt. Rushmore
Winch used to create Mt. Rushmore
Helicopter tour of Rushmore
Helicopter tour of Rushmore
The future of Crazy Horse
The future of Crazy Horse
The big explosions on the 50th ann…
The big explosions on the 50th an…
An original picture of the mountain
An original picture of the mountain
Model of the Fighting Stallions
Model of the Fighting Stallions
Nature Gates of S.D.
Nature Gates of S.D.
Me and the presidents!
Me and the presidents!
This guy was nuts! Shot a gun then…
This guy was nuts! Shot a gun the…
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