George in profile

Mt. Rushmore in the Black Hills of South Dakota


As you drive past the entrance to Mt. Rushmore and head south, you’ll soon see a striking view of George Washington in profile. There is a decent sized strip lot for parking and viewing. Some stats: George’s face is 60 feet tall, his nose is 20 feet long and his mouth is 18 feet across. Oh, and don’t forget his eyes. They are 11 feet wide each.

 

South Dakota flashback

We were traveling in South Dakota in October of 2018. Here is a look back…

Traveling on I-90 through South Dakota provides some remarkable scenery. In addition to the natural wonders of the state, one man-made marvel really stands out. Near Chamberlain at Exit 294 you’ll see the signs for a rest area with a Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. As you exit the interstate and drive up a decent slope you see a very large stainless steel sculpture with a geometric pattern. Then you soon realize that it is a star quilt being held by a beautiful Native American woman.

The star pattern

Note the person on the left for scale

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the statue titled “Dignity of Earth and Sky”. The creation of South Dakota Artist Laureate Dale Claude Lamphere is a magnificent example of very large scale public art. The statue represents the courage and wisdom of the Lakota and Dakota people who come from the area. The star quilt pattern is traditionally used to honor people or peoples.

Dignity of Earth and Sky in South Dakota

Traveling on I-90 through South Dakota provides some remarkable scenery. In addition to the natural wonders of the state, one man-made marvel really stands out. Near Chamberlain at Exit 294 you’ll see the signs for a rest area with a Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center. As you exit the interstate and drive up a decent slope you see a very large stainless steel sculpture with a geometric pattern. Then you soon realize that it is a star quilt being held by a beautiful Native American woman.

The star pattern

Note the size of the person on the left to give you an idea of how large the sculpture is

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the statue titled “Dignity of Earth and Sky”. The creation of South Dakota Artist Laureate Dale Claude Lamphere is a magnificent example of very large scale public art. The  statue represents the courage and wisdom of the Lakota and Dakota people who come from the area. The star quilt pattern is traditionally used to honor people or peoples.

We enjoyed our rest stop. Oh, and the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center? Well, it was closed for the season, to reopen mid-May, 2019. We were there mid-October. At least the restrooms were still open for those without their own facilities in their RV.

25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall

Two sections of the Berlin Wall

Two sections of the Berlin Wall

Today, November 9th, is the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. The Google Doodle tipped me off or I would not have known. We came through Rapid City SD last summer, and we spotted an interesting bit of history that applies to today’s landmark.

We were just driving around checking out the town and spotted a sign in a park next to the convention center that said “The Berlin Wall”. There is a memorial to the history of the divided city and the ultimate fall of Communism and the tearing down of the wall.

There are two sections of the original Berlin Wall displayed along with information filled plaques, signs and even old tank traps that were once used at Check Point Charlie, the only gate between East and West Berlin during the times of the divided city.

If you travel through the Rapid City area on your way to Mt. Rushmore, take a few minutes and go see this memorial. It is worth the time.

An ominous sign back then...

An ominous sign back then…

The R&R Campground and RV Park in Mitchell, South Dakota

If you are traveling in an RV on I-90 in South Dakota plan on a stop at Exit 332 at Mitchell. There, right off the interstate, you will find the The R&R Campground and RV Park. It is tucked behind the Super 8 Motel, and shares the heated pool. The campground is open May through September.

Easy driving on level roads and site pads

Easy driving on level roads and site pads

This comfortable facility honors either Passport America or Good Sam Club membership discounts. The park has 35 pull through sites and 5 back in sites. Full hook ups are available in the pull through sites. Some tent sites are also available.The campground roads and RV pads are gravel and level. Grass lawn and picnic tables are part of the rental spots. The design of the park allows for easy maneuvering of any size rig. The dump station drain is set at a low level allowing for easy waste water dumping if you choose to use it.

The restrooms and showers are clean. The laundry facility is in the same building as the office and is also clean by the most particular standards. The office has a library and offers some ice cream and even beer and wine for sale. The advertised free internet was fully functional in the office, however we were not able to get online in our trailer. Management admitted that there were problems due for repair. There is more information at the campground page of the Super 8 website.

We would recommend this as a stop. I will take the management’s word that the WIFi would soon be fixed.