Joe and I did end up going to Mount Rushmore last night to see everything lit up. Just didn't know that you had to sit through a whole program before having it happen. It ended up being an hour after we got there which would have been fine except the temperatures dropped drastically... from a high of 90 to about 50 while we were there.. with high winds. We were not prepared for that, and there were LOTS of people there, so we hung back from the crowd (and were a bit chilly) It was quite impressive when it lit up. Much more so than during the day.
Today we went to Horsethief Lake and walked around the lake with Elizabeth, Greg and Zoe. The temperatures at that point were in the 40's, and it was windy, so a bit chilly. After that they went off for a "real" hike as Joe and I decided to take the Peter Norbeck Scenic Byway around the various parks of the area. It is considered one of the most scenic roads in America and for good reason. The varous rock formations, lakes and landscape varied qutie a bit, with LOTS of windy, narrow roads. We told Greg (and Elizabeth) that they were glad they didn't follow us. Greg didn't like the drive through Glacier National Park for the same reason, and this was as bad.
Our first stop was at Sylvan Lake with rock formations in the lake itself. We didn't realize that at first but discoverd it when we walked around the lake. Then there was Needle Eye Tunnel with huge rock formations all around it and the road narrowed down tremendously to get through it. Once you get to the tunnel it was apparent why it was called Neele Eye as it was an extremely small opening where only one car at a time could squeeze through it.
More pictures to be posted tomorrow night when we get into Sioux Falls as the internet service here is terrible.