Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Check Off Another National Monument...Or As Edward Abbey Coined - National Money-Mint. Getting In Is Actually Free...But Ya Gotta Pay To Park. Still, It's Very Impressive And Highly Recommended. Status: Visited.
Mr. Modtomic was never taken anywhere like this as a kid. That's why the Mr. and the Girlfriend are visiting all these places now! Mount Rushmore was never a big priority but I am a fairly patriotic fella so no way would I skip it since we were in the area anyway.
When we stopped at The Badlands National Park we went ahead and purchased an Inter-agency
National Park pass that gets us into all the National Parks as well as a few National Monuments and
such. It got us into the Devil's Tower National Monument but didn't pay for parking here at Mount
Rushmore. Oh well, it was only like Eleven Bucks. A small price to pay for all this majesty!
Once in we took the opportunity to do some light hiking. There's a great trail that passed closer to the
base than just ogling from the observation deck...but it's a fairly long trail with lots of elevation
changes. It'll do a number on ya if you're not accustom to walking and hitting the stair stepper. After
this and the Devil's Tower hike the next day, Mr. Mod had him some shin splints. Driving to
Yellowstone National Park with shin splints? No fun, trust me.