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1: Dates: Sunday, August 28 - Thursday, September 1, 2011 Vacation Mobile: Todd's Saturn Vue Home Base: The Country Inn & Suites in Rapid City Audio Book: A Million Miles in a Thousand Years: How I Learned to Live a Better Story by Donald Miller memories, fun and God's beautiful handiwork | South Dakota Road Trip

2: What to do on a rainy day? Kiss dinosaurs and play cowboys and indians of course! Okay - really we visited the Journey Museum in Rapid City!

3: I didn't know that owls could be this little! | The poor lady behind me had no idea her life was in danger!

4: Still raining... time for some fun at Cabela's. (Stephanie was pretty determined to see buffalo this trip & this was the closest she got.)

5: Time to go! Hunter Todd was getting antsy.

6: Rapid City has beautiful gardens and parks. After the deadly flood of 1972 the area along the river is a flood zone and cannot be built on. The parks make for a beautiful city!

9: Storybook Island

10: Mount Rushmore

11: "... let us place there, carved high, as close to heaven as we can, the words of our leaders, their faces, to show posterity what manner of men they were. Then breathe a prayer that these records will endure until the wind and rain alone shall wear them away." - Gutzon Borglum, Mount Rushmore Sculptor, 1930

13: George Washington - BIRTH First President - 1789-1797 Thomas Jefferson - EXPANSION Louisiana Purchase - 1801-1809 Theodore Roosevelt - DEVELOPMENT Panama Canal, Trust Buster and National Parks 1901-1909 Abraham Lincoln - PRESERVATION Saved the union during the Civil War 1861-1865

14: The carvings are scaled to men 465 feet tall. This makes each face 60' tall (the height of a six-story building). The eyes are 11' wide. Washington's nose is 21' long (all others 20'). Washington's mouth is 18' wide.

15: The pupil of each eye is a 20-inch shaft of granite. They appear to twinkle when the sunlight shines on the flat end of the shaft.

16: Model 1:12 ratio one inch equals one foot on the mountain | Carving dates: 1927-1941 The sculptor: Gutzon Borglum Total cost: $989,992.32 400 workers: men and women - drillers, blacksmiths, housekeepers etc. Climbed 700 steps daily. No one died during the blasting and carving process. At least one worker died later from the dust they inhaled from the granite (silicosis). Main tool: Dynamite and it did 90% of the work. 6,000 pounds were used to carve George Washington. The finishing touches were completed with jackhammers. The rock: Harney Peak Granite

18: Views along the trail!

19: Don "Nick" Clifford signing his book for Todd. The last living Mount Rushmore worker. | "Don't say 'I can't' on this work. The 'I cant's' are unknown in this world's work and unremembered in history" Gutzon Borglum

25: mako sica - "land bad" Oglala Lakota Tribe

35: Reptile Gardens

38: These lizards were trying to impress Todd with their size. They did a fine head bop!

40: "There are things in nature that engender an awful quiet in the heart of man. Devil's Tower is one of them." N. Scott Momaday

41: In 1872 Teddy Roosevelt proclaimed Yellowstone our first National Park. Devil's Tower became our first National Monument in 1906.

42: A case of bad translation! Devil's Tower was named by an early explorer after they thought that is what the Indian's called it. The Indian's named it Bear's Lodge (or other variations). They see nothing evil about it. Instead it is a place of peace and gathering to this day.

44: Climber on the tower. And yes, you can get to the top. It is the size of a football field and it is domed. There are chipmunks and snakes up there. I guess they like to climb too! The first ascent was on July 4, 1893 with the help of a wooden ladder.

46: I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.

47: He will not let your foot slip— He who watches over you will not slumber; indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm— He will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. Psalm 121

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