And to think it was by accident!
When all three children were still quite young, we were headed to a more typical family vacation, visiting extended family in Missouri. But The Lord had other plans. Shortly after leaving our home in Loveland, Colorado, our old station wagon erupted in flames. We limped back into town to discover that much of the wiring harness under the steering column had burned and needed to be replaced. That took several days, and made the original two week trip an impossibility. The family looked at a map and weighed our possibilities based on the short time left. Mount Rushmore seemed like the best choice, so off we went. Our expectations were of briefly viewing the monument itself, then trek back home. We stayed the entire time, wishing we had another two weeks just to explore everything the monument and the entire area had to offer. The family still talks about that trip 30 years later. This disaster turned out to be one of the most fondly remembered trips the family has ever taken, There was of course, the monument; much more grand and spectacular than we imagined. But there were the burrows with the dark fur crosses upon their backs, making for a handsome contrast against the gray everywhere else. The burrows loved to stick their heads into the vehicles, to ask for food. It seemed that vanilla wafer cookies were among their favorites. Tn there were the bison that crossed the roadways by the hundreds, The museums and the "gunfights" in nearby "Old-West Towns".
Our National Parks are jewels upon a great nation that will be here until The Lord comes. Blessings beyond description, except through photos and the words of the narrator on a treasure of a series.