Since the heat has reached to South Dakota, we decided to try to do our sightseeing in the morning before it gets too hot. We went to the Crazy Horse Memorial first and were able to see their informational movie and museum, which were very interesting. The Lakota Indians wanted a memorial of their own and Sculptor Korczak Ziolkowski accepted the Indians' invitation. The sculpture was started in 1948. Now his family is continuing the job.
Mount Rushmore is only a short drive away from Crazy horse, so we got to both memorials in before lunch! The first time I saw Mount Rushmore was back in the 50s! It is the same, but now they have several buildings with different shops, an auditorium for their film, a cafe and special parking that costs $11.
A picture to prove that I was really there.
While driving through Rapid City, my wonderful DH spotted a quilt shop and pulled in the parking lot before I knew what he was doing! The Thimble Cottage is an amazing shop! Designer Pearl Louise owns the shop and has her own line of fabric and patterns. I had never heard of her before.
The shop has some of the best displays I have ever seen. I love this doll bed and the doll clothes.
This is a section with lots of embroidery patterns.
Upstairs there are several rooms decorated for Christmas.
Of course, I love this patriotic display.
All in all, it was a good day and we are now camped in Sturgis, SD. Tomorrow we head north.