The Growing Season Ends and Pheasant Hunting Begins!

This RV park is filled with beautiful fall colors!

This RV park is filled with beautiful fall colors!

There is no question that I am in a new area when the two leading items on the local news are 1) It is going to freeze tonight, ending the growing season and 2) Pheasant hunting season begins tomorrow. I drove through much of South Dakota today and there is no question it is an important agriculture state. The top news item about the growing season ending impacts a huge number of people in the state. However, I cannot remember ever seeing that as a leading news item anywhere I have ever lived before.

The trees are beautiful.

The trees are beautiful.

Apparently pheasant hunting is quite big here too. People from neighboring states come to South Dakota for pheasant hunting. When I was checking into the RV park in Sioux Falls, the guy started telling me he was exciting about pheasant hunting this weekend. He said some years it was snowing when the season started, but this year it will be brisk cold. For me I would probably say very cold, but for people who live here, freezing is simply brisk cold.

There are more trees in South Dakota than what I observed in North Dakota. I really enjoy seeing the changing leaf colors. The golden yellows are beautiful. This RV park is filled with yellow trees.

How cool.... a huge corn maze!

How cool…. a huge corn maze!

The RV park also has a corn maze. I have seen them on TV, but never in real life. Can you imagine 100s of children running all through a maze? It is huge! This one is quite popular and families camp here from all over to go through the maze. It is closed now, but you can see how large it is.

On a crisp evening, it is nice to sit in front of the warm (electronic) fire and watch football!

On a crisp evening, it is nice to sit in front of the warm (electronic) fire and watch football!

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Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse

Two rows of state flags on the way to view the sculpture.

Two rows of state flags on the way to view the sculpture.

It is very impressive to view the sculpture!

It is very impressive to view the sculpture!

I discovered that Mount Rushmore is actually very close to Devils Tower. It is less than a two hour drive to the east, within South Dakota. I got up early and headed to Mount Rushmore in the Jeep. It was quite impressive to see Mount Rushmore in person. The details in the sculptures were amazing.

Abraham Lincoln looks so lifelike.

Abraham Lincoln looks so lifelike.

Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. Until today, I did not realize that the sculpture of Roosevelt included his glasses.

Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt. Until today, I did not realize that the sculpture of Roosevelt included his glasses.

I enjoyed walking on the path that lead right below the sculpture. Until I got close, I never knew that Teddy Roosevelt had glasses.

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Wow! Look at these guys!

Wow! Look at these guys!

After viewing Mount Rushmore, I drove over to see the ongoing Crazy Horse sculpture. It will be much larger than Mount Rushmore when finished. The white sculpture is the template and the actual sculpture is being blasted out of the mountain. What an enormous task to complete.

Crazy Horse. The white sculpture is the model and the background is where it is being carved from the mountain.

Crazy Horse. The white sculpture is the model and the background is where it is being carved from the mountain.