I remember flipping through the computer printout of program options, each to some exciting place across North America. My grandfather loved learning about Native American history and art, and I wanted to see Mt. Rushmore, so, in late June of 2006, we were off to South Dakota!
Our adventure was based out of Rapid City, which offered great accessibility to the many monuments and natural wonders that surrounded us. One of our first stops was Mt. Rushmore, after which we visited the Crazy Horse Memorial. I was especially impressed with the size of the Crazy Horse Memorial, and how it was (and is) still in the process of being built. The rest of our days were filled with lessons on both human and natural history — we traded off between visits to museums filled with Native American artifacts and dinosaur bones and adventures outside, including panning for gold, horseback riding and exploring Badlands National Park.