Sunday, September 8, 2013

Black Hills-Hermosa Day 3 Needles Highway-Mt. Rushmore-Keystone

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We have yet to do the Iron Mountain Road located between Keystone and Hwy 36.  Three more tunnels on that route.

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Bighorn Sheep Ewes along the Needles Highway.

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This tunnel is 8’ 4” wide.  I remember 25 years ago driving the Needles Highway with one of our Class Cs and going through the tunnels.  This one we pulled the mirrors in to do so.

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Jim and Sherry’s little Honda CRV going through the same tunnel.

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Scenery along Needles Highway.  There are large sections of pine forest that are dying due to an insect infestation.  This is a problem throughout the West.

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We manage to bump into fellow Wisconsinites everywhere.

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Sylvan Lake on the Needles Highway.

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A wedding on the shores of Sylvan Lake.

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Near the gift shop and restaurant.

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Jim and Sherry walking through the state flags.

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Restaurant at Rushmore

IMHO Mt. Rushmore is way too commercialized. Everything is over the top and detracts from the mountain.

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Big Thunder Gold Mine-Hardhats Required!

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Mine entrance.

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Jim in mill building at Big Thunder Gold Mine.

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