Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Today we stay to the left...

I like this shot! So many babies this year...

Whew, this is one big dude!

Butting heads! The dust flying on the right is from pawing the...

Larry doesn't make them nervous in the least...

A bit further along we encountered a few antelope...

And a couple of 'doe dears', that's what I called them when...

Where is my snack???

One of the bridges I mentioned...

We're entering the tunnels in a sec...

Nice shot of Rushmore...

We'll be back a different day to tour the facility...

What a profile!

We stopped at Horsethief Lake for a bit...

Made us nervous watching all these young folks jumping from the rocks,...

Back on Hwy 16, that would be Custer at the base of...


Today we took the 17 mile long Iron Mountain Road to Mount Rushmore. Beginning in Custer State Park, the Iron Mountain Road is most popular for its series of pigtail bridges which bear a corkscrew shape, and its three single-lane granite tunnels that perfectly frame the faces of Mount Rushmore in the distance. The pigtail bridges enabled road engineers to reduce elevation without needing to build a switchback. The road comes off the bridge, makes a circular turn, and continues below the bridge. Definitely an experience, even for well-seasoned travelers.

The building of the Iron Mountain Road was directed by Peter Norbeck, former governor of South Dakota and US Senator. Norbeck served as governor from 1916 to 1920 when he was elected to the Senate. Some of his projects included the development of Custer State Park, obtaining funding for Mount Rushmore, conservation issues, establishing Grand Teton National Park, and building the Iron Mountain Road leading to the monument. The road was completed in the 1930s.

This drive is a challenge to simultaneously keep your eye on the road, while absorbing all of the natural scenery. And, to be alert and aware of all the wildlife that reside near the scenic road. Today that included bison, deer, antelope and donkeys. There were more bison gathered in one area than we've seen in the past four years. Huge males and many little ones. We witnessed two of the larger ones pawing, snorting and then, a loud butting of heads. Whooeee, made me step back a foot or two!

Onyx was in heaven! Her greatest joy is to be on the lookout for wildlife. And to bark her head off when she finally locates them. The one thing we like least about the Pomeranian part of her, that shrill bark! Fortunately, she's normally pretty laid-back and quiet. We arrived home around 5pm, and I made chili sizes for dinner. One of Larry's favorites. It was a nice day and we plan to go for a few more drives next week before the rally. The weather is beautiful. 73 degrees again today....Wish you were here!



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