National Park Ranger Megan with
We visited Mount Rushmore on a beautiful cloudless day.
The startlingly blue sky behind the carved white heads
was a postcard moment! The memorial is well-designed so
visitors may walk as much or as little as they want.
That's good because the temperature was in the 90's and
the park is popular with people of all ages.
The memorial is very moving. The film about planning,
carving, and dedicating the memorial is excellent and
adds to its appreciation. I enjoyed visiting the
artist's studio which contains a model of the project.
It was interesting to note that the original design
included clothing and hands, but it turned out that the
rock wasn't strong enough to support these elements.
The biggest surprise was an evening drive through nearby
Custer State Park. As the car topped a hill, we saw a
ghostly image seemingly floating through the trees. It
was Mount Rushmore about five miles away illuminated for
the evening show! As we got closer, the image became
clearer but the rock and sky were dark and
indistinguishable so the image still seemed to float!
We also visited
Badlands National Park.
The formations are spectacular! The highlight was a
group of five male bighorn sheep. When they moved from
the road, they disappeared because the grass was so
A wonderful adventure!
Stephanie K. Wade has practiced
Trademark law for over 30 years. Ms. Wade
has extensive experience in domestic and international
including international trademark licensing,
trademark piracy and trade dress issues.
Ms. Wade is a
frequent visitor of our National Parks and
has a keen interest in supporting the
preservation of these Parks.