Mountain Roadtrip #2 – Storms, Bison and Mount Rushmore

We started day two relatively early (well early for us is like 10am) and drove over the border to Wyoming. Our plan was to get to Mt Rushmore just before nightfall so we’d get to see it in the light and also at night – this day was therefore a lotta lot of driving. Our first stop was to a bison ranch and we did some fakelassoing and climbed a taxidermy bison and jackalope. It would be cool ifjackalopes really existed and we all had them as pets to hop around on. They’re kind of like that Wallace and Gromitwere rabbitmovie in real life I guess? The place we ate at was Terry Bison Ranch incase you want to check it out – the bison burger was delicious andapparently the best in the state (although I’ve never eaten it before so not sure what to compare it to eek).

Half an hour later and we were in Cheyenne. The weather was beautiful but as it was Sunday no-one was really around and nothing was really open. I think whilst driving through the city we saw five people… I’m not sure if Cheyenne isn’t a happening city or just people don’t walk there but it was pretty spooky. We decided to go past the capital building which you can see below. It’s a stunning building and has lots of lovely statues around it but unfortunately we couldn’t go in as it was closed. That seemed to be the main attraction of the city though so we then just headed straight out. (Sorry Cheyenne people, you’llhave to tell me what I missed out on!)
There are several different routes you can take to Mt Rushmore from Cheyenne but we opted for the one through Nebraska so we’d get to see the state. It turns out that wasn’t the best decision as the sunny skies soon disappeared and darkness rolled on in. We turned on the am radio and there was a huge lightning storm approaching our area. There was a mixture of sparks, hail and killer wind for half an hour or so until it died down. Itkind of felt like the Wizard of Oz or some sort of hurricane was coming for us. Nebraska did feel very barren and open and I’m not really sure how I feel about it but it was beautiful and green.

The drive then becomes full of trees but finally you see some heads popping through the branches and alas you’re there! Since moving to the states I’ve wanted to visit Mt Rushmore really badly. It’s the patriotism about it that excites me and seeing it in so many movies, shows etc. I don’t want to talk about it too much to not give away the illusion of it but I guess these photos kind of give it all away anyway. It’s not as ‘wild’ as I thought, aka I had this vision of it being in the middle of a forest oppose to having a big walkway up to it. It’s definitely very public, on display and open for all to see. If you stay for the lighting ceremony in the evening it plays a movie prior which goes through each president and their importance (and why their face had been chosen). Although it’s a very awkward monument to get to (you definitely have to drive), I’d recommend it as a must see. We then headed to Rapid City for the night and zonked out.

Discussion

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