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Day Six:  Mount Rushmore; Check that box

Day Six: Mount Rushmore; Check that box

Up the mountain and to the Mount Rushmore Monument.  Not only did get to enjoy the sites of the amazing feat of the carving in the mountain side; there is a nice “Presidential Trail”, amphitheater with today’s entertainment of a son of two(2) Indian Chief’s.  He told stories of days past; including through music which he called the “Universal language.  Informing us that the flute and the drum are both instruments found on every continent.  He even included the use of the electric guitar.  Walking through the Gallery, museum, and theater; we learn more of the history of how the…
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Day Five:  Good Morning South Dakota

Day Five: Good Morning South Dakota

After a good nights rest, up for cleaning and breakfast.  We heading into Keystone for some panning for gold at the Big Thunder Gold Mine. There was a tour of the mine and very informative session of the process of separating the gold from the rest of the rock and ore. And then to panning on our own.  The process is tedious and time consuming; it requires a lot of patience.  We panned for approximately an hour and achieved a few “tiny nuggets.”  However, the experience was enlightening and to say the least interesting. Next up, we adventured to the…
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