After a real breakfast in the Grand Hotel dining room and a morning stroll through the deserted town, we got serious about road miles and headed for Rapid City. Avoiding I-90, we took a more direct route through reservation land. The Black Hills are a welcome landscape to the dry prairies. After checking into a Ramada in with clean everything, we stopped at a Mexican grill downtown and headed for Mt.Rushmore for the first evening. A feeling of patriotism felt appropriate for the Fourth of July, and as the crowds gathered for the evening ‘light show’ we hiked the loop under the country fathers a couple times. The show was anticlimactic with no sound for a video and a disaster of a sing along. The only redeeming portion was all the veterans coming out of the stands to help in the flag retirement for the day.
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