In August, we took our summer vacation to Denver to visit with Jayson’s parents. As we were making plans for our trip, my mother-in-law mentioned that it was “only” a 6 hour drive to Mt. Rushmore from Denver…I had no idea it was that close! (When you live in the middle of Texas and it is practically a day’s drive to get OUT of Texas, 6 hours seems like nothing!) We drove the 15 hours to Denver on a Saturday, got up and went to church the next morning and then headed up to South Dakota.
Wilkinson Family at Mt. Rushmore
Mt Rushmore was every bit as cool as I had imagined. What an amazing feat to carve those faces into the mountain! We arrived just in time to see the night show and the lighting of the faces.
Grandma and Grandpa with Riley, Kaiya, Kaydence, Kassidy, Rustin, Kyndall and Ryder
The Crew: Waiting for the Light Show/Night Program
All lit up!
The next day we went back to check things out in the daylight.
The whole gang
My favorite picture! Riley, Kaydence, Kyndall, Rustin, Kaiya, Kassidy and Ryder
The quints favorite part: running up and down the stairs
George Washington Profile
Native American Display at Mt Rushmore
After Mt. Rushmore, we headed over to Crazy Horse, an uncompleted carving of the famous Indian Chief. We couldn’t get very close to the actual mountain, but the museum, movie and displays were interesting.
Model of what the completed Crazy Horse will look like
Not sure what Crazy Horse is pointing at, but we thought we needed to point there too.
Right off the side of the road, we found a small herd of buffalo!
After Crazy Horse, we started back to Grandma’s house. We traveled via Nebraska so we could stop and see Carhenge, a replica of Stonehenge, created from vintage American-made automobiles. It was awesome…….certainly worthy of it’s label of “2nd Wackiest Attraction in America”.
Stay tuned for Part 2 of our Summer Vacation Adventures….