The Mount Rushmore Monument in South Dakota is impressive. To know that 90% of the carving was made with carefully placed dynamite is mind boggling.
The first thing we did when we arrived at the Mount Rushmore National Memorial was find the visitor's center so the boys could pick up a Jr. Ranger booklet to complete. We stopped for a few minutes, had a snack, and worked on our booklets. Some of the things in the booklet were: walk the Avenue of Flags, hike the trail to the Sculptor's Studio, Visit the Lincoln Borglum Visitor Center, attend a Ranger-led program, hug a tree, find out how long it took to make, and then there were fill-in-the-blank, crosswords, and matching games to complete. The boys thought Mount Rushmore's Jr. Ranger booklet was the best one they have completed at any national park.
Boogs told me that visiting Mount Rushmore was his favorite stop on our road trip. The grounds are beautiful with lots of walking paths to explore. I think it also helped that we researched the making of Mount Rushmore before our trip. I even had Boogs write a little report about it in preparation of seeing it.
We were blessed with beautiful weather at Mount Rushmore. We spent about six hours at the park. walking the pathways and visiting the various buildings.
There were plenty of places along the trails for active boys to roam.
I remembered to bring along our mini-me figures for posing. Here they are hanging out together under a rock.