Monday, August 22, 2011

Custer State Park & Mt. Rushmore

On Friday we took a chilly morning ride to Custer State Park  Now being used to 90 to 100 degree rides, we were surprised to get 63 degrees and cloudy for most of the day.  But what a ride it was.  Custer State Park is 71,000 acres of beauty.  We spent time on the wildlife loop and then rode the Needles Highway past rock formations and great vistas and through several small rock tunnels just big enough for one vehicle.

We were about 60 feet from this buffalo with it's two small calves.

The burros love the tourists, especially if they had food.

This formation made me think of Matt's bouldering.

The Needles.

One of the tunnels we went through.

And finally the requisite picture of Mt. Rushmore through the state flags.  It was great to see the real thing after reading about it since elementary school.

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