Friday, July 24, 2009

Day 47, from Michigan to South Dakota, USA

Whoa, talk about a hangover!! Bella should have warned us about having too much tequila.....

Oooh, none of us are really ready to do too much physical activity our next stop is?
Hmm, we are not sure where to start in the United States of America......ok, Marti has closed her eyes and chosen a place on the map.....Michigan!

We have decided that we are going to simply fly over the USA and if something is really eye catching then we will stop to have a quick let's start in Michigan and see how far we can travel today.......with our foggy heads......

Michigan is a Midwestern state of the United States of America.

It was named after Lake Michigan, whose name is a French adaptation of the Ojibwe term mishigama, meaning "large water" or "large lake".

Wisconsin is located in the north-central part of the United States.

It borders two of the five Great Lakes and four U.S. states (Illinois, Iowa,Michigan and Minnesota).

Minnesota is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States.

Known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes", the state's name comes from a Dakota word for "sky-tinted water".

North Dakota is a state located in the Midwestern and Western regions of the United States of America and is the 19th largest state by area in the US.

South Dakota is also a state located in the Midwestern region of the United States of America.

It is named after the Lakota and Dakota Sioux American Indian tribes. ...
Nopi wants to stop here the Mount Rushmore National Park.....OK, provided that there is no serious physical activity involved...

We decided to walk with a park ranger along the first half of the Presidential Trail to the base of the mountain carving where he highlighted the natural and cultural history of Mount Rushmore and the Black Hills. Really awesome to be able to get up close and personal with this majestic monument..

Sita went to the Sculptor's Studio Talk where she learnt about the tools and techniques used in the carving of the mountain sculpture.....Sita is so creative and artistic....

The Evening Program was the highlight...

We once again joined the park ranger in the park's outdoor Amphitheater for an inspirational program focusing on the presidents, patriotism and the nation's history.

This was followed with the film "Freedom: America's Lasting Legacy" and the evening culminated in the lighting of the memorial!

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