After a long, wet and no-so-fresh day yesterday, we woke up to no thunderstorms (woo) and to the thought that today we would be visiting the world famous Mount Rushmore!
On the way we stopped at the Minuteman missile attraction – it was quite interesting to learn how much damage missiles could do. Aside from getting eaten alive by mosquitoes, we learnt that the US still has 450 missiles (something which I think they’re quite proud of).
After our missile visit, we stopped off at the next roadside attraction – Wall Drug! When we arrived, it was so busy and there were so many shops selling anything and everything. There was a cream fudge shop, a beauty place and other shops selling bits and bats. We decided to set ourselves a $1 challenge to get one of the most funniest/random/useful object. It was actually quite hard as loads of things were over $1! In the end I got an apache tear, which was basically a black gem for 98c – bargain! After the challenge, we did a quick food shop and grabbed some lunch before heading to main event of the day.
It’s safe to say that all of us were amazed by Mount Rushmore! We all went on a little trail where we could get closer to those famous faces, as well as listening to a studio talk and watching a theatre experience.
top: me, kirsty and holly, middle: names of contributors, bottom: me and polly outside mt. rushmore
Once we had finished taking an abundance of selfies, it was onto Crazy Horse – which I was surprisingly so much more impressed with. We learnt that the project was founded and run by a family – something which completely shocked me! It was such a humble experience to hear that they’re doing this without government funding and because of this, it will take so long to complete.
top: what crazy horse will look like, bottom: what it currently looks like
We then headed to our next campsite near Devil’s Tower, where we pitched out tents, had tea and even saw a little bit of Close Encounters of the Third Kind! Once we finished tea we all had a cornhole tournament. To say me and Polly never played it before, I thought we did quite well! That night, again there were severe thunderstorm warnings – we even packed up our stuff into the van and headed into the bathrooms to take shelter just to be sure. Luckily the storm had split in between us and we avoided it!
The prank war has now been in full swing, and even though me and Polly started off strongly, we discovered that whilst we have good ideas, we are just really bad at executing them! We bought some fart powder from Wall Drug and put it in Rob’s drink – only for it to start frothing up. Strike one. We also tried to padlock the boys’ tent whilst they were asleep. This we had managed to succeed, until the next morning where we found out that the boys could still get out of the tent! Strike two. They then retaliated with a stink bomb! (Little did we know that this would be the first stink bomb of many throughout the Northern Trail – bearing in mind this was day 8!) Despite our minor setbacks, we decided this wasn’t going to stop us, little did the boys know what we would have up our sleeves in Cody…
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