Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

Summer 2014 Road Trip

Day #3: June 15, 2014
Wyoming – South Dakota

The journey to Mount Rushmore was long. Getting out of Yellowstone was 120 miles alone. Plus, Wyoming is one wide state. I can’t recall how many naps I took during the car ride only to wake up STILL in Wyoming.

This is Wyoming. As far as the eye can see, miles and miles and miles of flatland and open road.

The open road

We drove straight from Yellowstone to Mount Rushmore, which took the whole night. This was the first day that we didn’t stay at a hotel. Instead, we spent the night at a rest area smack in the middle of the Wyoming/South Dakota state line. It was uncomfortable, it was freezing, we haven’t showered for more than 24 hours, but it’s what makes road trips… well, road trips! The unexpected detours and changes in itinerary make the adventure all the more memorable.

We arrived at Mount Rushmore around noon, and the weather was glorious! Clear skies and sunshine! Even the drive up the mountain was scenic.

It’s free admission to enter the the park, and there wasn’t a huge crowd when we arrived.

The way leading up to the mountain was a pathway lined with flags of the 50 states, which gave the place an even more patriotic atmosphere. It was surreal to finally be able to witness in person the monument itself. Pictures definitely did not do it justice. Seeing the faces first-hand makes you think just how much sweat and labor that was involved. Washington’s nose is 21 feet long. That’s about 4 of me! Insane!

Inside the park is also a small movie theater where visitors can watch about the history and controversy regarding the creation of mountain.

See short video diary below! (Yes, I am aware of my own awkwardness).

Love,
Anicka Nadine


Mount Rushmore National Memorial
13000 S. Dakota 244
Keystone, SD 57751
T: 605.574.2523
http://www.nps.gov/moru/index.htm

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The Wonderful World of Disney!

Last Saturday (July 5, 2014) happened to be my half-birthday! What better way to celebrate my 23 ½ years of life than by spending the whole day at the happiest place on Earth!

I ended up losing my Mickey ears after the first ride (Matterhorn), yet I had a blast nonetheless! Most of the rides didn’t take more than 20 minutes.  To make the most out of the day, my family and I purchased park hopper tickets in order to visit both Disneyland and California Adventure!

Dole whip float!
Dole pineapple whip float to combat the oppressing California heat!

The latter part of the day was spent at California Adventure. I’ve visited the theme park about 4 times since Carsland opened, and it never ceases to fascinate me. The attention to detail is unreal. It really does feel like you’re in the movie!

The line for the Radiator Springs Racers ride was 90-minutes, but thanks to our smart planning, we were able to get fast passes and bypass the long wait!

My family and I weren’t able to witness a fireworks show for 4th of July so these were definitely a treat!

Disneyland is always a good idea, and I can’t wait to come back!

Love,
Anicka Nadine