Sunday, August 25, 2013

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota, USA, Part I

Vacations in the United States of America can be simple and relaxing, full of history and interesting inventions, or exotic and exciting in its intensity.  This week holds a bit of relaxation and a lot of history and a bunch of "Oh, Wow!"   Mount Rushmore is one of the countries many famous historic sites and if you ever get a chance to go there you won't be disappointed.

Photographer:  Photo Amature

Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

President George Washington, (1st)
President Thomas Jefferson, (3rd)
President Theodore Roosevelt (26th)
President Abraham Lincoln (16th)

Ever wonder why each of these particular presidents were chosen to have their countenances carved into granite? 

George Washington
George Washington led the Colonists during the American Revolutionary War for independence against Great Britain and became the new countries first President.

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson was the author of the Declaration of Independence and was later responsible for the Louisiana Territory Purchase from France in 1803 which doubled the size of the new country of America.

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt provided the needed leadership during a time of very rapid economic growth coming into the 20th century.  Roosevelt negotiated the construction of the Panama Canal and fought for the rights of the common working man.

Abraham Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln worked hard to hold the nation together during the Cival War and believed in abolishing slavery altogether.

 On a more personal note:  Just after leaving the attraction.

Mother and fawn at the side of the road

Who left their boulders on top of this rock?

Cattails are beautiful to me anywhere I can find them

Granite Tunnel
Look at the diagonal striations into the rock.  It looks like giant fingernails raked down the rock mountain.  Geologic activity and eons of wear and tear always leave their mark!

Bear Claws?
Splinters of rock

A blur of Black and White along the road!

Part II will be posted soon.  If any of you (of all ages) have been on vacation or have been out having fun with your camera, please share some with all of us).  It is inspiring to see what others see and the perspectives from another's point of view.  Enjoy!

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