Crazy Horse in South Dakota – Our Boy Life
For day 4 of our South Dakota trip we decided to hang around the campground for a good chunk of the day and then go to Crazy Horse after lunch. Campground Jeremy and the boys did some exploring of the campground. It is HUGE! It seems we’re constantly finding a new area. Even with the map, it’s hard to picture the layout, and that’s not just my lack of directional skills speaking. Jeremy agrees with me. We quickly realized that the group in the tents was some kind of a family reunion or something, and while we were annoyed about how close they were, we tried to be a good example for the boys and have a good attitude about it…after all it wasn’t their fault that the spaces are so tight. Jeremy prayed that we have a Christlike attitude toward our neighbors, and after watching them, I realized many of them were probably not seasoned campers. I told them we should do our best to make it a pleasant experience for them since we have lots of opportunities to go camping. We shouldn’t be the grumpy neighbors that ruin the experience for them. So we tried to continue with that attitude for the rest day. Crazy Horse Crazy Horse is much more than just a big rock sculpture. We learned about some of the Native American culture. The chief who came up with he idea wanted people to know that Native Americans have historical heroes too, and Crazy Horse was one of those heroes. We paid extra to go on a bus ride to the bottom of the mountain (the visitor center is about 3/4 of a mile away). It’s totally worth the little bit of extra money as it’s not just a bus ride, but you also learn some more information from the tour guide/bus driver. It’s a much closer view! We even got to get out to take pictures as a family. Those are on my camera, so check back later for those! This is a 1/34 scale model of what it should look like someday. They’re currently working on the arm and the horse’s head which they’re hoping will be finished in 15 years. That seems like a long time, but our tour guide said to keep in mind that the arm is the length of a football field! I think we’ll have to come back every 10 years or so at least to see the progress. The Rain Came Down We planned to have a fire, and the boys even helped carry the wood (for about 10 feet), but our plans soon changed when we saw a storm coming into the area. We were soon proved right about the storm, and we were glad we had decided to save our firewood for another night. Boy was it a storm! It was a torrential downpour first, and then it rained a steady rain all night. Everything was very soggy when we got up the next day and the big group had all but disappeared overnight. I felt so bad for them in their tents! Today we’re exploring Custer State Park. More on that to come!