If you've never been in this part of the country before, I just have to let you know that there is a whole lot of nuffin' out here. This part of ND (Mercer County) was mostly open fields, plenty of cows, open skies, v. few people, v. few cars, and mostly flat land. Once we got into South Dakota, we saw a bit of change in terms of the topography because we saw a few more hills.
For the almost six hour trip down to South Dakota, I made sure to have plenty of snacks. I got myself a container of Cap'n Crunch for breakfast and then made my way through a package of dried apricots, a bag of savory Chex Mix and a bag of sweet Chex Mix. By the way, if you haven't had the muddy buddies version of Chex Mix yet, you must. It's awesome.
my awesome CSC with me so these photos are either from my iPhone of my little red Nikon point & shoot. And yes, I edited and filtered these photos with a little bit of a vintage, yellow-toned filter because I just thought it looked more appropriate, whatever that means. And let me apologize in advance for the sheer number of photos. I took so many and I had a hard time deciding which were the best ones so I just did a bit of oversharing.
Our route down happened to intersect Sturgis, so we stopped by that hog town and took a few photos with the wannabe Hollywood-style sign. This is a somewhat candid shot so excuse my weird double chin action. I'm mid-laugh because I was standing on tip-toe to make my way into the photo. That's what I get for being short, I guess.
Did you know that President Jefferson invented ice cream? He's the coolest man. He's the coolest, man. Oh the power of puns and commas.
About halfway into the work, a bill was introduced to also carve Susan B. Anthony's face alongside the guys but it didn't work out (because of monetary reasons). Hey, US Government! How's about we look at that bill again? I'd love to see a woman represented on that wall. I mean, women shaped this country too, right?
I gave Abe a little smooch in Houston because I love him that much. This was an experience of a life time. Mount Rushmore is one of those sights you check off of your bucket list and even though it wasn't necessarily on mine before, I now know it deserved a spot on my list and I'm kind of embarrassed that I thought I was too good for it or something.
It's really cool how they made this happen, how they're preserving it, and how humans were able to integrate man-made art into nature. Right?