Nearly three years ago, my mother and I ventured on a cross country trek in my brother’s Jeep across Canada. We drove west from southwestern Ontario to Vancouver, BC over the course of two weeks, and then down to northern California to meet up with the men in our family. The following are taken from emails I wrote to family and friends.
Day 25: Friday, August 24, 2012
So many hours of driving (13 to be exact-ish).
Made our way out of Wyoming and into South Dakota. Drove through a lot of beautiful rocky ‘scapes. There were signs that tell you from what time period they date back to. There was one area from Pre-Cambrian times that are 2.5 billion years old. Impressive.
Connected with Interstate 90. Saw so many pronghorn deer, I got sick of ‘em. Kidding. Mom and dad wanted me to see Mt. Rushmore, so we made the smallest of detours and drove by. I’m glad we did. I think prior to Keystone, SD was Deadwood, where Kevin Costner and his broski own a hotel and casino. Costner filmed Dances with Wolves in this area. Classic ’90s film, and one I loved. Anywho, from there we continued on through the Black Hills to Crazy Horse, which reminded me of Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia, in that both projects are unfinished and have been taking forever to complete, long after the original idea-man has passed.
Construction started in 1948 by Korczak Ziolkowski, Crazy Horse Memorial is a tribute to the culture, tradition, and living heritage of North American Indians. Lakota Chief Henry Standing Bear had asked Korczak to sculpt Crazy Horse, saying that Native Americans have heroes too. It is muy impresivo and large. Its head alone is the size of all four presidents at Mt. Rushmore combined! Only the face of Crazy Horse is defined at this time (completed in 1998). I read too that mountain climbers are, or have been hired on and given chisels and pick axes, over hiring actual sculptors. So if you’re a mountain climber… and you like breaking things, come to Crazy Horse!
Interesting tidbit: Moms bought some beer: “Moose Drool” and my fave, “Polygamy Porter” with the tagline, Why stop at just one? Amazing.
We are now in Oacama, SD near the Missouri River. Hope to be home on Sunday.
Kilometres achieved: 1136