Under The Presidents’ Nose

That’s where I was last week.

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We have been to the Blackhills, South Dakota twice before, but this was the first time we hiked the Presidential trail, and thus got a closer view of the Presidents’ faces. We were really right under their noses.

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(*photos taken during our recent trip to Mount Rushmore with our visitors from the Philippines)

Rock Surfing

During our recent trip through South Dakota, we passed over Badlands and Black Hills. Mount Rushmore, which is part of the Black Hills, is perhaps the most popular National Park in this region.

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Faces of Washington, Jefferson, Roosevelt, and Lincoln on Mount Rushmore

Though the Badlands National Park, has its different appeal and beauty as well.

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Badlands

Native to this mountainous terrain is the mountain goat. This creature is agile and sure-footed, and able to climb on steep rocks with grace of a ballerina and steadiness of an experienced rock climber.

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We were fortunate to see one. I mean the mountain goat in above’s photo, not the one below.

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rock surfer dudes

Not to be outdone, and getting inspiration from the mountain goat, my son and I, strutted this “rock-surfing” pose for posterity.

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Sorry, the camera did not capture a photo when we dove off the cliff.

Just kidding. Our photographer did not allow us.

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