Thursday, May 16, 2013

Oh, The Places I've Been #5

SOUTH DAKOTA

One of my favorite trips was a trip that my hubby and I took to South Dakota.  We flew out and rented a car--spent the week sightseeing.



One of the first things we went to was Mount Rushmore.

Each states flag is displayed and a plaque with the states entrance into the union.


It is so majestic up close!!


Just 17 miles from Mt. Rushmore is the Crazy Horse Monument.  This is the worlds largest sculpture and it is still in progress.  It was started in 1948 and after the sculptors death in the 1980's his children have taken over the quest.  It is a non profit undertaking, all done by donations.  When it is finished it will be longer than a cruise ship and taller than a 60 story skyscraper.  It is being sculptured in the Thunderhead Mountain.

This is what the final sculpture will look like.
 
 
I did not get a picture of Crazy Horse as it is now, so this one is from the Internet.
 
His face measures 88'. 

 
The Badlands cannot be missed. The colors in the rock formations are beautiful. Lots of pinks!



We visited Wind Cave-another beautiful site.

This really took us by surprise, South Dakota has 19,000 recorded archaeological and paleontological sites.
 
We visited the Mammoth Site in Hot Springs, South Dakota.  This is the largest concentration of Colombian and Woolly Mammoths ever found in their primary content (where they died).  It is remarkable to see the shapes and bones of them laying right there before you!!!

There are many hands-on activities for children--would be a wonderful place to take the whole family.




 
 
The Indian culture, the breathtaking badlands and black hills made this trip one to remember.
 
 
 
 
 
 

Ann 

13 comments:

Marisol@TravelingSolemates said...

What an incredible trip. I haven't been to SD so I really enjoyed this post. I heard about the Crazy Horse statue but didn't realize it was that colossal! I also didn't know about the paleontological site. It must be amazing seeing those mammoth relics. Thanks for taking me along on your trip!

Barbara F. said...

Ann, Mount Rushmore is one place I have wanted to visit since I was a kid! I WILL get there one day. High up on my "bucket list"! xo

lightofworldphoto said...

LOVE SD and want to go back there again. You are right about the rock colors, beautiful. They actually caught me by surprise when I first saw them. I've wanted to take my son to the Mammoth Site, I think he would really get into it. He wanted to be a archeaologist for a long time after he watched Indiana Jones. Love the pics!

Susan said...

Thank you for sharing the photos of your wonderful trip. This is an area I've always wanted to travel to, but haven't yet. It's on my Bucket List.

RobinfromCA said...

This is definitely on my Bucket List for a "someday" driving vacation cross country. Love your photos! Also happy to see another Shelfari patron. I use Goodreads as well but think Shelfari a far more organized way to keep track of my books.
~Robin

LV said...

I enjoyed taking this trip through your lens. Never have gotten to go there.Trust all is well with you and family.

The French Hutch said...

Hi Ann, I’ve never been to this part of our country but after seeing your photos I think I need to. What a great vacation the must have been. I love to explore new places and this is just the kind of trip I love to make. Great photos Ann, thanks for the tour and sharing your trip.

~Emily
The French Hutch

The Quintessential Magpie said...

How fascinating! My cousins's wife if from SD, and I have always wanted to go out there and see all the sights. This just makes me more determined to get there. How neat!

Thanks so much for sharing, Ann. Looks like a fun and educational trip!

XO,

Sheila

Sarah said...

Looks like a fun vacation. I've always wanted to see Mt. Rushmore. Thanks for taking us along. ~ Sarah

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That is such an amazing place. I have a friend that wants to go to Mt. Rushmore every time they go on vacation! heehee! I've never been but it's on my wish list!

The Tablescaper said...

Definitely one of those places I'd love to see!

Wonderful to have you at Oh,the PLACES I've been!

- The Tablescaper

Shelia said...

Hi Ann! Oh, this looks like a wonderful trip. I've never been to the Dakotas and certainly want to someday. You too some great snap. Oh, how marvelous to see Mount Rushmore! Thank you so much for popping in to see me.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Annesphamily said...

Hi Ann! My niece and her family went there last year during Spring break. She said that Crazy Horse monument is going to be absolutely wonderful! I loved your story here. Always sweet to visit with you.

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