Sept 2016

My rving friend Nan stopped for a visit. She was only going to spend one day and we (including Linda) elected to go to Mt Rushmore in the afternoon and do the trail around the viewpoints, then stay for the lighting ceremony. I’ve done it several times, so spent more time just looking instead of taking pictures. But, of course, I took some.

Mt. Rushmore Close Up

Mt. Rushmore Close Up

Mt. Rushmore through the window of Borglum's studio.

Mt. Rushmore through the window of Borglum’s studio.

The Mt. Rushmore in the studio that was used as a guide

The Mt. Rushmore in the studio that was used as a guide

A poor attempt at a picture of Mt Rushmore with the lights on.

A poor attempt at a picture of Mt Rushmore with the lights on.

During the afternoon and evening I attempted to convince Nan she needed to stay another day and I’d take her through Custer State Park. She was convinced, and I can’t begin to tell you what a wonderful time we had. And did we see buffalo? You let me know.

First sighting of a field of buffalo

First sighting of a field of buffalo

And then they joined us in the road.

And then they joined us in the road.

and on the side of the road

and on the side of the road

sharing the road

sharing the road

yes, they were given the right of way

yes, they were given the right of way

I think they wanted to pay - this is the entrance fee station for the park.

I think they wanted to pay – this is the entrance fee station for the park.

more and more buffalo

more and more buffalo

and more

and more

We literally saw hundreds and hundreds of buffalo.

getting the "eye"

getting the “eye”

with calf

with calf

It wasn't all buffalo - pronghorn antelope

It wasn’t all buffalo – pronghorn antelope

pronghorn antelope

pronghorn antelope

Nan feeding a donkey

Nan feeding a donkey

a Mother's love

a Mother’s love

Field of pronghorns resting

Field of pronghorns resting

and moving

and moving

Prairie dogs with buffalo in the background

Prairie dogs with buffalo in the background

heading into the Needles area

heading into the Needles area

beautiful

beautiful

Nan taking a picture

Nan taking a picture

Making Nan pose

Making Nan pose

tunnel leading to the Needle's Eye

tunnel leading to the Needle’s Eye

Car coming towards us through the tunnel

Car coming towards us through the tunnel

The Needle's Eye

The Needle’s Eye

I had to get to work but I’m so glad Nan and I got to spend this 2nd day together. It was a lot of fun taking her through a couple of my favorite places.