Sunday, October 26, 2008
This photo was taken from what they call the Grand View Terrace, the main viewing area for visitors to Mount Rushmore.
It was Borglum's intention that the granite portraits of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt and Lincoln represent the birth, growth, development and preservation of our country.
Three million visitors come to Mount Rushmore each year from all parts of the world.
We awoke to clear sky's but very cold temperatures, 32 degrees and below, and strong icy wind.
We prepared for attendance at the 10 a.m. Sacrament meeting at the local Branch, here in Hot Springs, but found the building locked and no one about on our arrival (Perhaps it was their Stake Conference - we didn't know). So, we went back to the hotel and changed to more suitable clothing for a visit to Mount Rushmore.
This is our first picture upon arrival at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial. It is quite a sight to see; realizing that it has been hewn out of solid granite by human hands.
This was the sunset on Saturday, as viewed from our hotel window. Tomorrow we will attend Sacrament meeting at 10 a.m. at the Hot Springs Branch, located just a few blocks from our hotel. We will then drive to the Mount Rushmore National Memorial.
We have a room in this hotel in Hot Springs, South Dakota, in the famous Black Hill country and about 50 miles south of objective: Mount Rushmore.
We have stayed at the hotel to rest up and reorganize ourselves, do some laundry and get ready for the last leg of our journey back to Rexburg and then down to Arizona.
We plan to be in Rexburg on Wednesday and at Ann & Steve's home in Linden by Saturday, Nov 1.