Driving, Devils Tower, and Mt. Rushmore

June 2, 2009 8:07 pm

Day 14 – Driving, Devils Tower, and Mt. Rushmore

Having decided to start the driving yesterday evening, and stay in a hotel last night, we woke up this morning in nice beds.  After getting ready (complete with showers and running water!) we headed down to a real treat: free continental breakfast!  After enjoying food we set out for the remaining few hours of driving to Devils Tower.

Devils Tower

Devils Tower

Devils Tower is not the most well known national monument, but it was the first official national monument.  The tower itself is both hard and easy to describe.  Simply put, it’s a several hundred foot tall pillar of rock. 

We took a bit of time to take a short hike around the tower and snap some photos. 

Devils Tower Again

Devils Tower Again

After a short while there, we headed back to the highway and drove another few hours to Mt. Rushmore.  Mt. Rushmore was quite a change of pace from the other parks we had been visiting.  Unlike the previous parks, this one was manmade.  It was neat looking around at the monument, learning about each of the president’s whose image had been carved into the mountain, and learning about the sculptor and the process undertaken to sculpt a mountain. 

Mt. Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore

After spending some time at Mt. Rushmore, we headed to the National Forest outside the monument and found a campsite.  We setup camp and settled in for the evening after a long day of traveling and sightseeing.

Our Campsite (not quite all the way setup)

Our Campsite (not quite all the way setup)

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