Day 12 – Mt Rushmore to Jackson

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

It was warm and dry when we woke up and we opted to have a pancake breakfast at the KOA before we drove to the Crazy Horse Memorial – .

When we arrived at the memorial, we sat through he introductory film and then took the bus ride to the mountain to see the progress of the sculpture. The story and facts behind the sculpture make it very interesting. The sculpture’s final dimensions are planned to be 641 feet (195 m) wide and 563 feet (172 m) high. The head of Crazy Horse will be 87 feet (27 m) high; by comparison, the heads of the four U.S. Presidents at Mount Rushmore are each 60 feet (18 m) high.

After the tour, we headed to the South Dakota Badlands National Park. At the turn-off to the Badlands we stopped at ” Wall Drug ” and had lunch at one of the local restaurants.

After lunch we drove through the park, taking pictures along the way. The Badlands are very impressive.


As we exited the Badlands we headed east and drove until dark. The forecast was for thunderstorms in the area and although we like to think that we are a hardy bunch, we decided to get a room for the night. I found a little motel that had very high ratings in Jackson so we went there and checked in. We were not disappointed. It wasn’t fancy, but it had everything we needed.

Mt Rushmore to Jackson

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