Wednesday, July 11, 2012


Sunday, July 9 – After our awesome hike and a little recovery time, we finished the day at Mount Rushmore where we met some new friends and fellow bloggers, Phyllis and Len, The Easts Head West, for the evening lighting ceremonies of the Presidents.

Phyllis and Len

Mt. Rushmore at night

The ceremony was a very patriotic experience with a movie reviewing each of the four President's contribution to the country, the singing of America the Beautiful by a Ranger Deb, the Star Spangled Banner by the audience, and the Pledge of Allegiance. At the end of the program, all veterans and active servicemen and women were invited onto the stage where they received applause for their service to our country.


What a glorious site.
Rushmore at night

We did get to see the Custer sign at night. It looks just like we pictured it.

Pretty exciting huh?
Custer sign at night

Marsha meant to include this photo in the last blog about hiking to the Harney Peak. She wanted everyone to know how happy Paul was to reach the top!

Paul as Rocky

Thanks for stopping by. Hope to see y'all back real soon. Have a great day!


  1. Marsha, those are wonderful photos! Very beautiful. That's an interesting photo of Paul being so happy. You can really get a good sense of the weather at that time by seeing the background in that photo. Paul is such an awesome hiker, you should really be proud of him!

  2. I bet the lighting of Mount Rushmore was very moving. I didn't know they did that. You are doing a great job with your blog. Keep it up. I look forward to your next adventure.

  3. I didn't realize they had a lighting ceremony. We just drove by it, took a picture and kept on going. I guess we really missed something, huh?

    Love the jubilant Paul!

  4. We never did go back to see the whole lighting ceremony. Next time!

  5. Oh I would love that lighting ceremony. Thanks for sharing it with all of us. Great pictures.

    Hurrah for you Paul, you made it!!

  6. Finally got your blog to load. Great pictures of the lighting. And I love the one of Paul on top of the peak. That is just great.

  7. very nice pictures of the night time progam at Mount Rushmore!! for the 'peak photo' of Paul!!..fabulous!..such a proud moment!!!

  8. You guys are such through travelers. I really enjoy your postings. btw, if you stick around, you won't believe what happens there next. My last visit to SD lasted for a month and included the Sturdily Rally. It's not for everyone, but it is VERY unique.(to say the least) I bet the Harleys are already showing up.

  9. I meant thorough, not through. oops

  10. How beautiful is Mt. Rushmore at night...something we'd like to do next time we in the Black Hills. what a great experience to see such a patriotic program at a moving monument.

  11. I love the pictures of the lighting ceremony.

  12. I would also like to see the night program. Guess I'll have to go there again some time. My problem is I don't drive after dark. :(

  13. Great 'Rocky' picture of Paul on the mountain top.

    We never did get to the night time show at Mt. Rushmore so it was great to see and hear about it through your eyes (and camera).

    Nice that you were able to meet up with Phyllis and Len, I read their blog regularly.

  14. Like Judy we don't drive after dark, plus we were afraid of hitting deer on our way back to broken arrow.


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