Rapid City, SD (Black Hills)

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The Black Hills area of western South Dakota holds many man-made and natural attractions that adds up to a very appealing place to visit and explore.  To do so, we parked at the American Buffalo Resort just south of the city of Rapid City, SD.

Mount Rushmore

The thing that most people know about this area is that this is where you can find Mount Rushmore National Memorial.  Gutzon Borglum was the chief sculptor who dedicated 14 years of his life to creating this massive memorial to four men who had profound impact in the history of our country.  Their vision and leadership very literally shaped how we came to be the most unique democracy in the world.  In the words of Mr. Borglum, “A monument’s dimensions should be determined by the importance to civilization of the events commemorated.”  Carving began in 1927 and was completed in 1941, just months after Borglum’s death.  The cost was just shy of $1 million, almost double the original estimate.  Nearly 3 million people from all over the world visit Mount Rushmore every year. Continue reading

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Sequoia National Park

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Sequoia National Park is one of our oldest national parks.  It encompasses a vast portion of the Sierra Nevada mountains, approximately 630 square miles, most of which is designated wilderness with no access other than on foot.  It also includes the highest mountain peak in the contiguous 48 states, Mount Whitney.

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Cub Run, KY

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Cub Run is near Nolin River Lake.  We parked at the Wax Recreation Area campground near Cub Run at a nice lake front RV site.

Wax Campground

My brother Hew lives near Cub Run.  He has a lake front home there that is nestled among the trees in a very tranquil setting.  We visited with him and took a drive together around to some of the other lake parks and campgrounds:  Nolin Lake State Park, Dog Creek Campground and the Nolin Lake Dam.

Since we were so close, we took the opportunity to drive to Mammoth Cave National Park.  This year marks the 200th year since public tours began at Mammoth Cave.  We were here in 2014 when we took the New Entrance tour.  This time we took the Cleveland Avenue tour and did a little hiking.  We can add this to our 2016 caves and caverns visits.  Of course, Mammoth Cave rules all others with its 435 miles of mapped passages.

Next stop:  Bardstown, KY