We set out for Mount Rushmore next, but saw a sign for Jewel Cave National Monument and decided to check it out. Ben has his fourth-grade pass that gets all of us into national parks for free, so what would have been a $40 tour of the cave was free. The cave was neat -- the boys loved it. After a couple hours, we departed for Mount Rushmore.
However, we got sidetracked again, this time by the Crazy Horse Memorial outside of Custer, S.D. We didn't get close to the incomplete memorial but still had a great view of it. Finally, we made it to Mount Rushmore ... right as the rain arrived. We didn't get too wet, but I could tell Lori and Michael were a little worn out and not that impressed. Ben and I took a little hike closer to the big heads, and after about an hour, we headed to Pierre, where we had reserved a room for the night.
Some random notes:
- Besides the memorials and monuments, we stopped briefly for a beautiful landscape of the Black Hills.
- So many bikers on the road today for the Sturgis Bike Rally -- this is why we ended up getting a room in Pierre.
- I thought I saw Wilford Brimley at Mount Rushmore.
- We DID see the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile at Mount Rushmore. Interpret that any way you like.