Our goal since moving back to The Black Hills was to hike more often. While there was hiking in MO, there was not much hiking that was easily accessible to us. It is nice to be back in an area where we can literally walk out our door and find a trail. There is nothing like the smell of warm pine needles while the wind rustles through the tree tops, and the birds call to one another.
A couple weeks ago we decided to drive to the southern hills to participate in the Crazy Horse Volksmarch. The last time we participated in the Volksmarch I was full blown pregnant with our first born. This time we told Blue Eyes she has to hike on her own... no free rides. :-)
It was such a stunning view I had to at least try my hand at a panorama. There is normally a Volksmarch in the fall as well, and I hope this year is no different. The fall colors will make for a fabulous view.
A few Facts About Crazy Horse Memorial....
- June 3rd, 1948 was the first blast on the hill.
- Crazy Horse was a Lakota Warrior. There is a controversy over whether the family of Crazy Horse authorized the building of this memorial.
- Crazy Horse led The Battle of the Little Big Horn, or Custer's Last Stand.
- The Crazy Horse Memorial is run by a non-profit organization accepting no government (state or federal) funding. So, your entrance fee is actually a donation to the building of the memorial.
- The memorial is being built on Thunderhead Mountain, a sacred site.
- When/if completed the memorial will be the worlds largest mountain sculpture.
- You can only hike to the arm during the spring and fall Volksmarches.
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