Out West Trip - Day Three -Rushmore, Custer State Park, Keystone, Crazy Horse

Monday, June 18 - Day 3
Rushmore, Custer State Park, Keystone, Crazy Horse

Plink, plat, plop, plink
This is the sound I woke up to this morning. My first thought was that this cabin was really creaky. I wish that was what was causing the sound. It was actually the sound of pouring rain.

I had a fun thought of tent camping for this trip for about 2 seconds while I was planning it. I am so relieved I discarded that idea. It would have been an adventure, but we would have been miserable!

The kids started to stir around 5:45am because of the time change. These two boys of ours can’t stop from goofing around and causing a ruckus. I’m chalking it up to some good sibling bonding-even as Ry tells them to knock it off because we know in another five minutes someone is going to get hurt.

We were ready well before our targeted time so the kids had a chance to watch The Lone Ranger and Father Knows Best before heading off to Mount Rushmore.

It was pouring as we pulled up to the gate and the fog was thick. After finding out that our $10 fee to park was good for an entire year, we decided to take a chance and see if the fog would clear.

Can you see it?  We couldn't either!
Just making sure we were looking in the right direction!
We walked down the row of flags waving our umbrellas trying to avoid big puddles. We reached the end of the row but were unable to say for sure if there was anything in the distance because of the fog.

We went down the stairs and to the visitor’s center. There we watched a film and went through an exhibit. It was chalked full of information and we learned a ton! There weren’t many people there so we chatted with the rangers and asked them questions to learn even more interesting tidbits. Sylvia and Tyce filled in a Jr Ranger packet and were sworn in as Jr Rangers. I recorded them being sworn in and the ranger included some important items like swearing to eat all their vegetables. Sylvia dutifully repeated everything. Tyce was not as willing. They definitely learned a lot about what we came to see! The fog did thin out a little at one point so we had a quick viewing.
Taking the pledge!
Pushing down the dynamite to make the mountain explode!

The clouds cleared up just a little!


Our next stop was to Rush Mountain. It was 5 miles out of Keystone, but the drive was really pretty even in the rain. It is a small adventure park with a variety of activities. Because of the rain, only a few of the activities were running. The activity we purposely came to experience was one of them.

We chose to do a 7d movie. You sit in a seat with 3D glasses and a laser gun. The seat moves and wind blows at you so you actually feel like you are a part of what is happening on the screen. There were three different movies to choose from. In each you have to shoot either robots, aliens, or werewolves. We loved the first experience so much that we did each movie! We were also the only ones there. Ryan was the best shooter for all three movies, but I actually came in third twice!



After our shoot em up game we drove to Custer State Park. I was hoping to do some hiking but the rain did not cooperate. We did eat a lunch under a pavilion at the visitor’s center of packaged tuna fish so that was a bit of an outdoor adventure! Miraculously not one of the children complained!

We drove the Iron Mt Road and Wildlife Loop. The scenery was amazing! Rocky forest terrain and then rolling hills of grass and flowers. We could see where a huge fire had swept through in December. You could see the devastation, but the colors and contrast it had created on the countryside was beautiful.

Our hope was to see the huge herd of buffalo. Apparently they were on the move today and they could not be pin pointed. We did see some of the herd up on a hillside however.

Lunch in the rain

The evidence of the fire



Beautiful rolling hills filled with yellow flowers!  The picture can't even begin to do it justice!



We also saw plenty of deer - even a fawn, many American pronghorn antelope, and turkey with babies, but the best were the donkeys! I had brought a bag of apples to feed them and we were lucky enough that we drove right into them! We got out of the car and they enthusiastically crowded us! The kids loved it!










The kids also had a huge laugh as we drove the windy roads. Each time a vehicle was stopped on the side, you had to stop and look to find out if they were seeing an animal. The kids figured out quickly that if they pointed out of the window wildly people behind us would stop to look around. Thankfully my parents were in a car behind us so I didn’t feel so bad each time they did it and they laughed so hard that I didn’t have the heart to tell them it probably wasn’t too nice to do.

I had wanted to go on Needle Highway, but the kids were all switch backed out so we headed out of the park and went to Crazy Horse Memorial. It was half price, but that was because of the thick fog and not standing a chance of seeing it so we turned around and went into Keystone to the Presidential Wax Museum. We had free passes. It is very well done and very informational. The kids weren’t too into it but I would have liked the chance to listen to all the information they had to present.

Notice the secret service man??


This one is awesome!


















Across the parking lot was a coffee, wine, and gelato shop. We stopped for a small treat and the kids played chess in the parking lot.

We ventured back to our cabin, had the kids change into suits and dropped them off with my dad to watch in the hot tub while we did laundry. Dinner was at the campground restaurant and then right to bed. I am thankful Ry and I have a separate room if only for the fact that the boys have such terrible gas! I swear a person could pass out from the stench! We have unrolled our windows and stuck our heads out regardless of the pouring rain more times then I can count!!

Comments

  1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8NSxUm3vCE

    Zenith Detox also contains 3 unique ingredient-blends which support your body’s natural detox systems.
    So, whether you’re a man or a woman… 45 years old… or 105 years old… or anywhere in between, you stand to benefit greatly from Zenith Detox.
    And if for some reason, Zenith Detox doesn’t make you feel younger and healthier than you have in years, then remember, you’re covered by our 60 day money-back guarantee.
    So, it either works wonders for you, or you don’t pay a cent.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Sugar Balance is a supplement that’s developed by the company Direct Formula. Sugar Balance has several herbs inside it, When blended together in just the right amounts, these ingredients have the potential to regulate blood sugar levels to a large extent.

    ReplyDelete
  3. The Red Tea Detox is a simple way of losing weight that we can incorporate into even supremely busy lifestyles. The red tea mixture is actually a way of boosting our energy and filling us up. This way, we automatically eat less while getting more done.

    ReplyDelete
  4. Zenith Labs BP Optimizer is one of the major supplement that is known for dealing with blood pressure issues and their symptoms. This is a health booster that consists of no less than thirteen naturally sourced ingredients.

    ReplyDelete
  5. Blood Sugar Premier supplement is meant for supporting a balanced sugar level within our blood and also promoting healthy levels of insulin. It’s based on the ancient tradition of Chinese medicine.

    ReplyDelete
  6. Buy The #1 Recommended Blood Sugar Supplement Using This Special Discount Link:

    ReplyDelete
  7. Consulting a doctor and getting their approval is best if we want to start something like the Ketozol Diet supplement. There are several reviews about this supplement online, which can assure us of its efficacy. Still, it’s always a logical step to combine the support of Ketozol with following the keto diet as much as possible. The supplement might allow some leeway, but we want the best weight loss results in a short time!

    The very first step, of course, is placing an order for our own bottles of Ketozol. Let’s go to the official website and get on it in order to start our weight loss journey.

    Ketozol Review

    ReplyDelete
  8. we actually have the products in hand and try them out before writing a review on each product. Check Niva CBD Oil

    ReplyDelete
  9. Rapid tone diet will keep your body solid normally. It is totally free of hurtful synthetics, hormones and engineered steroids. This implies this item is protected from any unsafe symptoms. This item is artificially balanced out and furthermore gives the best outcomes.

    ReplyDelete
  10. The exclusive element for Nutonen Supplement that was created by the Simple Promise is GlucoHelp. The mix for the most part involves the concentrates of Banaba leaf. It is very known for its different substances as well.

    ReplyDelete
  11. The purpose of H.I.I.T One Minute Weight Loss Routine , is by all accounts that you can consume more calories in a shorter timeframe by using the anaerobic state. You go hard exchanging your high force speed with your lower power oxygen consuming activity until your body is too drained to even consider continueing. This typically happens at thirty minutes. It will obviously change contingent upon how fit you are. On the off chance that you can't go on following 15 minutes, at that point this is demonstrative of your wellness level.

    ReplyDelete

Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

Playing Dress up...

It Works! Wednesday - Hope and Help for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)

It Works! Wednesday - Weight Loss