Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Tourists for a day.
Started the day per usual at around 9am after having the hotel continental breakfast. As we drove through Rapid City downtown on our way to see some sights we found an unusual sight crossing the street. A man was carrying a wooden cross which had the engraving - Jesus loves you. Now, the kicker is that the cross was on wheels! So, if he was true he should have been bearing the full weight of it. ahem.
First stop was the House of Scandinavia - imported gifts of distinction. This themed gift shop was neat to browse through. I picked up an old fashioned advent calendar for a December activity for Syd. Keith managed to leave with some European chocolate which quickly disappeared by our next stop.
Next up, Reptiles Gardens. We caught the snake and bird shows. Crocodiles, snakes, frogs, turtles, tortoises, lizards, etc. What a wonderful place for reptile lovers! Keith, corvid lover that he is, got to see a cage full of rooks and a crow named Zorro.
Keith and I also tried our first Indian Tacos (replace the taco shell with fry bread - yum) at the cafe.
Syd petting 10 yr old Fluffy.
The Majestic Bald Eagle
Out of all the caves to visit in the area, we chose Rushmore Caves for its stalactites and stalagmites. Uh-mazing!
We made it to Mt. Rushmore and of course tried the infamous Rushmore Ice Cream. Yes, both are as good as touted.
Last stop, Crazy Horse Memorial. This work in progress was quite a site! Still much more to go to complete this sculpture.
Viewfinder made in Norwalk, CT!
"My lands are where my dead lie buried," supposedly said by Crazy Horse, is the intended interpretation of the monument's expansive gesture.