Friday, February 17, 2012

Road Trip!!

We left Ashland at 4am Friday morning.

First stop: Sunrise at Devil's tower

The U.S.'s first declared National Monument; it rises 1,267 feet above the surrounding terrain and the summit is 5,112 feet above sea level.

The iPad!

Kellie and Kathryn helping Jimmy take photos...

Then we were on to Crazy Horse. This monument to the famous Lakota warrior has been under private construction since 1948. When it is finished, it will stand 641 feet wide and 563 feet high. The head of Crazy Horse will be 87 feet high; by comparison, the heads of the four U.S. Presidents at Mount Rushmore are each 60 feet high.

By the time afternoon rolled around Bryan was happy to see Mt. Rushmore and his hero, honest Abe.

The iPad is back!

How many photos does it take to get a good group shot?


Third time's the charm?

Nope, four?

Surely by number five?

Number six it is...

And seven is even better (from L-R,Jimmy, Meredith, Kristin, Kathryn, Tony, Bryan, Me and Kellie)

A spectacular monument

And on to a much needed rest in Rapid City, SD

An added bonus, here's a few photos from last weekend's retreat weekend in Great Falls...

On the way there, we checked out downtown Helena:

And Our Lady of Helena Cathedral:

The Ursuline Retreat Center is home to a school and also served as a convent:

Here's our entire group, incl. JVs from Hays, Billings, St. Xavier and Us:

On our way back, we stopped at First People's Buffalo Jump outside of GF:

Prior to the introduction of horses to the plains, 14 different tribes would travel from hundreds of miles away to harvest buffalo by driving them over the edge of a sheer cliff:

One runner wearing a buffalo calf hide would draw the lead cow towards the cliff, until they were close enough for the entire tribe to stampede them over the edge. The runner had to be agile enough to make it to the edge first and find a crevice for cover of the stampeding herd.