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Published: September 19th 2009
That's our camper in the background!!
On Monday, the 14th, we got up to find a buffalo in our campground at Custer. I guess the rangers call him Fred. Some nice neighbors volunteered to take our picture if we wanted to stand by him, I declined that offer!
Today we went to see Mt. Rushmore. Just the drive there from Custer State Park on 16 is an experience. There were 3 tunnels and the end of each framed Mt Rushmore. There was a spiral on part of the road that wound up, or down depending if you were coming or going, just like a spiral staircase.
The monument itself doesn't look real just because it is so big and seems impossible to have been chiseled out of a mountain side. We heard some people complaining because there is no charge to see the monument, however parking is $10. This charge seems pretty small to keep up the whole area. To me Roosevelt and Lincoln were the best.
We drove through the Big Horn Mtns on the way to Yellowstone. Going through the canyon there was as lovely a drive as we have ever had. The only problem
Old Faithful Lodge
old historic lodge, perfect for a drink
with scenic drives is that they often entail long steep grades. Our camper doesn't seem to like this very much and started to overheat. So we pulled over and unhooked the Jeep and drove separately for a while. That solved the problem, but it also made us rethink some of our routes and destinations. For this trip we think we'll avoid the Tetons since there is an area there that has a 10% grade, the steepest in the US, and it was right in our line of travel.
We arrived in Yellowstone on Wednesday the 16th. It was 50 miles from the entrance just to get to our first campground, Grant Village, where we stayed one night - no electric - great phone and internet reception, but no power! Our next campground, Fishing Bridge, has full hook-ups, but no reception! We'll be in Yellowstone 4-5 nights. We have seen Old Faithful go off 2 times already and the falls in Yellowstone canyon are spectacular.
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