Suddenly seeing the massive rock formation appear on the landscape gets your attention. Even without knowing the legends or the association with the movie “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”, the visual impact inspires the imagination.
Rain and fog obscured the first views of Mt Rushmore giving it a forbidding look. The weather cleared and re-clouded as we drove through Custer State Park and saw distance views of the monument. The next morning skies were clear
The Badlands arise suddenly out of the prairie. There are trails throughout the park but Paula couldn’t get past the “Beware of rattlesnakes” signs everywhere.