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The Black Hills
Saturday, Oct 7, 2006 from Black Hills, South Dakota
Posted: Oct 7, 2006 | 418 words | 2 Comments
As I begin writing this blog it couldn’t get any better. It’s dusk and two young deer just walked into my campsite about 20 feet away. They are pretty calm and it’s a perfect way to end my day. Hmmm…where to begin?
From the early morning it was a perfect day. The temperature was in the high 70s with bright blue sky. First… I headed to Mount Rushmore. I have to a minute to look back years ago and embarrass my brother a little. I was at Rushmore many years ago on a family trip when I was quite young. Adam, more so than I, was ecstatic to see Mount Rushmore and had been talking about it for a long time. Well as we were making one of the long drives out west Adam found himself talking in his sleep saying, “I see Mount Rushmore.” End of story, but I had to throw it out there. That seems to be the biggest memory our family has from Mount Rushmore.
While at Rushmore I was thinking a lot about photography. I remember reading an article (perhaps in National Geographic) about a photographer on assignment for the Grand Canyon. He asked himself something along the lines of “how do you photograph something that’s photographed a thousand times daily.” Rushmore is the same. I don’t think I have an answer, but it’s hard to photograph something like that. Anyways, it’s so cool to see these 60 foot heads on the side of a mountain.
From there I went to Crazy Horse. It’s just crazy. Yup. It’s so ridiculously big, and $10 just to see it from a long, long ways away. I sure hope it gets finished just like the model.
Ok…now to the good stuff. Today would have been the day to rent a Ferrari. I went on the winding Needles Highway and Iron Mountain Road. It reminded me of a go-kart track, just really long and for real-sized cars. It was hairpin after hairpin, bridges that looped around, by far the windiest road I’ve ever been on.
On my way out I saw lots of wildlife: turkeys, deer, goats, bison, and a bunch of other stuff. Some of them I got photos of, some not. Driving through all of it on those curvy roads was the most relaxing thing of the trip probably. I rolled down all the windows, cranked up some soothing music, and just let my hair flow. This day is going to be hard to beat.
Comment by Adam
From Madison, WI
I still claim that it never happened!!
Comment by Tiffany Kelley
From Boyne City, MI
I don't know if you'll remember me, but I was cleaning out my office & I can across your bussiness card... You gave it to me when my new husband & I met you at "The Eye of the Needle" in the Black Hills. We had gotten married on Sept. 30th and the the next day, started to drive out west. We rented a cabin in the Rapid City area and took day trips for about a week. One day we found ourselves at the top of Needles Hwy when you drove up. My husband kinda squinted his eyes, studing your car, then exclaimed "Another Yooper!!" (You see, he is from Iron River) He was so excited! He just had to ask you to make sure! I'm so happy for you and your project! Well, we've been married just over a year now & you are done with the trip... How time flies! Anyways, thanks for taking such a good picture of us & for the memory! -Tiffany Kelley