Official announcement: We're moving to Nemo, South Dakota!
Well, okay, so maybe not. But we did have an absolutely fantastic time on our family trip visiting South Dakota and all it has to offer.
Yes, I am a nerd. A history nerd, even, but Mt. Rushmore has been on my bucket list for years. I had absolutely no idea that it is a quick 6 hour drive from the state in which I've spent my entire life. How did I miss that all this time?
Before our trip, we read a book and watched a documentary about the history of the monument, created by John Gutzon Borglum and his son Lincoln from 1927-41. What an absolutely fascinating endeavor! To think that about 400 men scaled this mountain and blasted and chiseled it into what we see today... amazing!
The Gutzon Borglum studio, which houses a one-twelfth scale completed rendering of the monument, was amazing to see!
The monument itself was created using measurements taken from this sculpture with a degree stick and a weighted string, as pictured above (hanging off of Lincoln's head). AMAZING what human ingenuity and determination can do!!!
Just to give you an idea of the scale, we present: Leah! And this is the small version.
The entire monument was never finished according to Gutzon Borglum's specifications for three main reasons: 1) they ran out of money, 2) WWII began, and 3) John Borglum died before the project was finished. They "settled" for just the heads.
It was pretty incredible to see in person.
And something the entire family enjoyed.
Or, at least, as much as a person can when they're two and have missed nap time.
(Don't worry, they made up later.)
We all took time to thoroughly appreciate the scope of history that stood before us with solemn, serious reflection.
Rushmore was probably the highlight of our trip to South Dakota, but it was also only the beginning. There is so much to do and see; we stayed three nights, but it was nowhere near enough. This is definitely a trip we'll make again.
Check one off the bucket list!
(I like to do that while wearing small babies.)