Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Mount Rushmore

We are in Billings, Montana tonight. We are one tuckered out family and we just want to reach our final destination. We're all doing good, just tired. We have decided to skip Yellowstone. I know we're missing out but honestly the pregnant lady wants to get to Washington with at least some sanity in tact.

Mount Rushmore was really nice. It wasn't as big as I thought it was going to be. But it was still pretty amazing. We couldn't have had a nicer morning. The weather was perfect. The boys really loved it. We went on a gift store hunt for "bobble heads" of Mt Rushmore, they don't exist, the boys settled on snow globes and glow in the dark t-shirts. I got a magnet, a United States Map with detachable magnet states and a ruler with all the Presidents of the United States.

There were lots of things to see and do outside of Rushmore Park but we just did the park. We took the Presidential trail which is about 1/2 mile walk that shows different views of the monument.

After we left Mount Rushmore, we hit the road...again. Ok today was the most boring day of driving to date. We went miles without seeing anything other than hills with cows. The few small towns we did go through were maybe a population of 20! And I thought Topsfield was in the sticks. I couldn't imagine living out there. We left South Dakota, crossed into Wyoming, and then Montana.

Tomorrow we will finish Montana and enter Idaho. Who knows were we'll end up.

Per many request of my poor friends and family reading my blog and getting teary eyed, probably because of the song. I have changed the first song. I am choosing "Blessed Be the Name of the Lord" For many reasons...but I always loved the line "you give and take away my heart will choose to say blessed be the name of the Lord" Very fitting. Because although the Lord has taken us away from Maine, He is providing for us in such awesome ways. I did have one moment of tears today, just missing friends and family. But despite how I feel I can still choose to praise the Lord.

Enjoy Mt. Rushmore.

We arrived at Mt. Rushmore early this morning, much the boys delight. They have been waiting for this since we told them we were moving. Most of the reason is because they saw it on a Phineas and Ferb episode. The park is beautiful. It is very well kept and clean. The boys pose here at the entrance.
Over 400 people worked on the monument. I found two Doyle's on the list.

This is a great shot of the four Presidents.

I took this picture along the Presidential Trail. We were in sort of a small cave and we could see George Washington from the opening.

The sculpture of Mt. Rushmore, Gutzon Borglum made many "prototypes" before deciding on the final design.

The original sculpture. Me and the boys.

It's very hard to get Peter to agree to be in a picture...but I got him to agree. Yes I am fat and pregnant.


Brent~Jamie~Ansley~Ace said...

I've always wanted to go there. Looks like you had a great time. Love the updates.

sarasusen said...

I'm so jealous! I've always wanted to go to Mt. Rushmore. I love the picture of the boys in front of the entrance. And NO you do NOT look fat- you are ADORABLE!!!