Saturday Sept. 11
I started out my day by leaving at 7:30 for Mount Rushmore which was only 10 minutes away from my campsite. Mount Rushmore opens at five in the morning which I did not know, but even at 8 o’clock am it was still empty, which was very nice. Seeing the monument is quite impressive in person. I don't think I ever actually grasped the size or enormity of the task of carving it until I actually saw it. I have to say when you round the curve in the road and first see it, that you stare and go "Wow."
After that I headed down and drove beautiful Iron Mountain Road (16A) It's a 17 mile scenic drive with loads of switchbacks, tunnels and curves. You will pass through several tunnels that frame Mt. Rushmore and if you're curious about tunnel size, I found this on the Internet:
Doane Robinson Tunnel, 12' 0" wide by 11' 4" high;
C.C. Gideon Tunnel, 11' 6" wide by 10' 9" high;
Scovel Johnson Tunnel, 10' 9" wide by 11' 0" high.
Needles Eye Tunnel (Near Needle's Eye), 8' 9" wide by 9’8" high;Iron Creek Tunnel, 8' 9" wide by 10’10” high.
Dinner was quick and easy - instant soup, cheese, crackers and sausage and another slice of taffy apple for desert! The people who work at this KOA campground were extremely friendly. I have found so far that everybody at the campgrounds has been very nice and goes out of their way to help you.
I use the JetBoil Sumo cooking system and I love it!
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