After driving 24 hours in the last 36 hours, I haven’t had much time to do a normal written post. After sleeping in the car in a picnic area conveniently marked “no overnight parking”, I woke up at 5am to the sunrise and watched it come up over the Black Hills. It was pretty cool, so we decided to shoot a video while it was happen. Please try to excuse the excessive shaking of the camera. It’s a result of the waking up in a 40-50 degree car and trying to warm up.
Mount Rushmore opens at 8am from May 8th – August 13th. We were there at 5am. While we could still see the monument from the road, we wanted to get closer but wanted to get on the road before 8am. We walked up to the gate and saw it was open…This is what happened.
Pro tip: If you want the easy way to sneak into Mount Rushmore at 5am and the gates aren’t open, just drive up the exit ramp. There aren’t any barriers in the way and as long as there isn’t incoming traffic, it’s actually much easier & shorter route than the official entrance route.
This post is maybe a little different than a lot of the normal blog posts you’ll usually see, but a huge part of this blog is about just having fun and having a life full of meaning & adventure. I’m not doing this to make money, I’m doing this to live a good story with my life. This road trip is a lot of fun and something very much worth doing on it’s own, but still there’s something you can learn from almost every experience you have. Today’s takeaway:
If you want to do something. Try it. See who actually stops you. Chances are, it won’t be anyone. Even if you what you want to do sounds ridiculous…like walking right into a National Monument when it’s “closed”.
I’ll be doing more updates about the road trip here, but if you want to keep up with the road trip shenanigans in real time, you can also follow along on twitter by following me (@joelrunyon), Nate (@whereisnate) and Justin (@justinrunyon) and following our hashtag #wdsroadtrip. Also, be sure to check out Nate’s blog over at NateWalksAmerica.com for his take on what we’re doing. If you’re gonna be in Portland in the next few days, don’t be afraid to say hi.
The Black Hills at Sunrise