“I don’t need no art exhibits, when the sunset does her best, paintin’ everlastin’ glory, on the mountains to the west.” —- C. Badger Clark, cowboy poet and 30 year Custer State Park resident
We are leaving Custer State Park this morning. Leaving behind beautiful scenery like the Needles Highway. Leaving behind Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse Memorial. This has been a very special week for me. As long as I can remember, I have longed to see Mount Rushmore. When I was a child, the very idea of carving massive faces into the side of a mountain was beyond belief and I have been waiting decades to see it. The Crazy Horse Memorial was quite moving. It brought tears to my eyes to imagine the loss of life and the loss of the culture of all the tribes of Native Americans. There is really nothing I can add to the conversation, but I cannot help but feel such profound sadness for their loss. Although we will still be in the area they call the Black Hills when we are in Badlands National Park, I want to show some of places we’ve seen here. Call these “scenes from an incredible country.” We are so blessed!