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The first tomato for the year

Soph went out this morning and took this picture of our first tomato to begin turning red.  It is an heirloom variety, Mr Stripey, and is our first year growing it.   It should be ready for picking in a couple more days.  If we like it then we will save some seeds for next year.   

We have three different heirloom varaties that we are growing this year, two of them are new to us.  In addition to the Mr Stripey I’m once again growing the purple Cherokee that I enjoy.   Our other new variety is a yellow pear cherry.  I enjoy the bite size tomatoes but Soph is crazy about them.  
 

Crazy Horse National Monument

Crazy Horse National Monument

Recently we loaded up the family and drove out to see the Presidents carved in stone and Crazy Horse National Monument.  We started at were impressed with Mount Rushmore and the massive size of those famous heads.  When we learned that the entire Mount Rushmore sculpture would fit on the head of Crazy Horse I was floored.

The story of the Crazy Horse Monument and how it has become a family legacy was inspiring.   Work on this massive monument is slow but it will be truly amazing once it’s accomplished.  I hope the girls will be able to return with me one day to see it completed.

Crazy Horse National Monument
Crazy Horse National Monument
Crazy Horse National Monument
Crazy Horse National Monument

This first picture was taken from more than a mile away.  The white outline of the horses head you see on the side of the mountain is more than three feet wide.  The horizontal surface you see in front of Crazy Horses face is his extended arm that is point to his land over the top of horses head.
 
  

I wasn’t aware that the Crazy Horse Monument was being built with private funds.  It is good to see people doing things like this amazing monument with no government funds.  When public funds are put into a project via the government there are always strings attached.

Visiting Mount Rushmore

Visiting Mount Rushmore

Visiting Mount Rushmore was something I had wanted to do as a boy.  Recently we had some time with nothing going on within our hectic schedule.  We took advantage of it and made the drive up to go see this amazing monument.

Visiting Mount Rushmore
Visiting Mount Rushmore

After the girls were out of school for the year we made a trip to South Dakota and the Black Hills to see Mount Rushmore and the Crazy Horse monument.   Pictures really do not do either monument justice.  It was a tremendous experience that we all enjoyed thoroughly. Mount Rushmore looks massive, but it is absolutely dwarfed by the Crazy Horse Monument.  It is not far away, try and make time to go and see it too.
 

It will never be finished

As you wander around the site you will find several different artists renderings of what the completed project would have looked like.  There are no plans to ever honor the original artists wishes and finish the project.  The technology available today would make the task of completing it much easier to finish. I’d like to see the federal government sell Mount Rushmore to the state of South Dakota and allow them to complete it.  They could continue the work of Gutzon Borglum and still allow tourists from around the world to enjoy Mount Rushmore.

Thomas Jefferson Ice Cream

Our third President is one of my favorites despite the many lies that have been attributed to this brilliant man.  When I saw there was a shop there on the monument that was selling ice cream that was made according to Thomas Jefferson’s ice cream recipe I was excited to try it.  Unfortunately the shop was closed for the day and we were not able to buy any and try it.