Saturday, October 29, 2011

Crazy Horse & Cousin Jim 10.29.11

One cool thing about our blog is having friends & family follow us and participate in where we’re at. I had a vague recollection of my Dad being born in Coeur D’ Alene, but was reminded once I posted about visiting and then learned that my grandma and grandpa were married there! Cool! And on the day we were leaving South Dakota, Michael was contacted by, get this, Mike Ditton and told that he had another cousin, Jim, just down the road from where we were staying. Michael called him up and we stopped by to meet him!

Since it was a very last-minute stop, we could only stay a short while as Jim was expecting a phone call any minute. But we had a wonderful visit, and connected the dots on the who’s who of the family. (Jim recently made the chandelier – it was gorgeous!)

Jim & Michael Ditton

We backtracked a bit to go to the Crazy Horse Memorial. Before going, I was worried it would just be ‘another carving in the mountain’ and it was….but it was impressive and I’m glad I went. Mount Rushmore is massive, but the entire Mount Rushmore carvings fit into the face of this carving. When this carving is done it will truly be spectacular.

Crazy Horse Memorial

Did you notice the tractor on top of his arm? Or the people walking up there as well? Take another look. Yep, that’s how big it is….

Crazy Horse Memorial

Check out the actual carving under his arm….my attempt at art. Haha…

Crazy Horse Memorial

OK, we’re really outta here. Well….we did stop at a winery on the way out and had some fascinating berry wines. We purchased a Pumpkin Wine to give to our friends Bill & MJ on Halloween…..I hope they like pumpkin! Haha… Hic!

More to follow…


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