by Musician 1st Class Michael Webb
We were staying a mere 40 minutes from Mt. Rushmore and so took advantage of our available morning hours and traversed the windy, tree-lined roads that led to the monumental tourist attraction. We spent a little over an hour at Mt. Rushmore enjoying the magnificent views, exploring the exhibit halls, and checking out the gift shop. I couldn't help but recount all the pop culture references in my mind that featured the four great faces of Mt. Rushmore - sharing a good laugh with several of my colleagues especially with regards to Superman II. I can now happily report the original faces of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln have not been replaced with those of Superman's arch-rival, General Zod.
After Mt. Rushmore we headed back towards our motel in Custer which conveniently passed by the other massive landmark nearby: Crazy Horse. I'd not heard much about this monument, but found it interesting enough to be excited to also stop by it on the way back. We spent an additional hour or so at the Crazy Horse Memorial, which is just over 50 years into its construction. After watching an orientation video that was quite fascinating we came to learn that it may very well be another 100 years before this testament to one of the greatest elders of the Native Americans is completed. Even in its partially-completed state I found that all of my fellow Sea Chanters who took the opportunity to visit it were not disappointed.
We had a few hours to rest up after our excursion and had a great night in Newcastle, Wyo. The crowd at Newcastle High School was enthused and added another successful night of our tour.
Today we head to Scottsbluff, Neb., to perform at the Midwest Theatre for our second-to-last concert of this 2012 spring tour. We hope to see you there!