|With the truck and trailer packed, Chris and I were ready to begin our trip. The 19' Terry Resort trailer was our home for the month of September.|
|Mount Rushmore N.M. in SD is situated at 5,725 feet.
Gutzon Borglum was the master mind behind this monument--
the world's largest sculpture. Work progressed on the
sculpture from 1927 until the death of Borglum in 1941.
The total cost of the monument at its completion was
about $1 million dollars.
Chris and I took many pictures of the monument from several different angles. On the newly installed boardwalk, we came within a few hundred feet of each president and snapped some awesome photos.
|Devils Tower was the first national monument
established in 1906 by Theodore Roosevelt. The tower was
created when molten magma forced its way into overlying
sedimentary rocks and cooled underground. The cooling
magma contracted and fractured into hexagonal columns.
With time, the sedimentary rock eroded and exposed the
867 foot tower (from base to flat top). This 1,000 foot
diameter rock is a mecca for technical rock climbers and
sacred ground to the Kiowa Indian people of the Great
As Chris and I walked around Devils Tower, we saw several people trying to climb its steep ledges. From where we stood, the climbers looked like ants.