2.21.2011

PLEASE don't sneeze George!
George, as in George Washington...
In looking through some old photos from 2006, I stumbled upon a folder of photos taken by the dear husband. And since we are celebrating President's Day here in the United States I thought it would be fitting to share these pictures with you.

The dh was invited to hike the backside of Mount Rushmore (which is in the Black Hills of South Dakota). The park ranger each year invites a small group of people for this adventurous hike up the backside of the monument.

Standing on George Washington's head, hoping he doesn't sneeze or hiccup...
Makes my knees feel like rubber just looking at the picture!

The hike up the backside takes you through a craggy-rocky terraine lined with towering Ponderosa Pines.

And for the average tourist that doesn't get this opportunity of viewing Mount Rushmore from the backside,
take a peak...

Just kidding! Sorry, couldn't help myself...


This is the Hidden Hall of Records. It too is located on the backside of Mount Rushmore. It's original purpose was to house the original Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The original plan was revised, but the intent remained and in 1998 tablets with the story of our nation were sealed in a vault in the Hall of Records. They were placed in a teak wood box and placed in the titanium vault and finally sealed under a 1200 pound granite stone. The Hidden Hall is closed to the general public, due to the climb and public safety.

Upon reaching the top...
the fog rolled in,

adding peace & quietness of this spectacular monument

honoring our founding fathers.


Happy Presidents Day!



Have a good week,

Brenda















4 comments:

~Laurie~ said...

Amazing pictures - thank you for sharing them with us. I've always wanted a more close-up view of Mt. Rushmore. And I am still smiling at the bum scene!!

Linda said...

Wow! Spectacular! A fitting tribute! And some levity too!

Patty said...

I look forward to reading your posts each day! A silent 'oahh' seems to escape me if you are too busy, or away on any day. How fun to go along with your husband on this trip! I haven't been to Mt. Rushmore since I was in the 5th grade. The 'bums' was very clever and funny!! I look forward to your new designs!
Thanks for taking time and showing us pieces of you life!

krayolakris said...

Still laughing at this one!