It took 14 years - Between October 4, 1927 and October 31, 1941, Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers sculpted the colossal 60-foot carvings of Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln. Borglum was 60 years old when he started and 74 years old when it was complete.
What's your project?
I love seeing monumental works like this because it helps put things into perspective. It's so easy to make everyday barriers and challenges seem bigger than they are and it can be tough to stay focused and in action when we feel like a victim. Your project? I bet you can do it!
The ride today was great (until the last hour). I took back roads through the Black Hills from South Dakota into Wyoming. The landscape was drop dead gorgeous - I love the wide open rolling hills. The skies were blue and the air warm but with a cool breeze (the roads were at about 5,000 elevation, so it did not feel too hot). And I had the roads to myself - often not seeing any other vehicles in front or back of me.
A momma turkey walked her babies across the road. They were so tiny - perfect little renditions of an adult turkey. So cute. I also saw lots of deer. The meadows smelled sweet.
No buffalo. It's not that I have never seen a buffalo before, I just would have liked to see a herd in the territory where they once thrived.
The last hour of the drive was windy and painful. My knees were not happy. Wind is a big issue in Wyoming and they have lots of wind breakers installed along the north-south running highways to help reduce waves of wind coming west to east.
But overall, the day was great. A wee bit of pain and wind is no problem and that's what it takes to keep moving forward. We all have to deal with challenges to keep moving forward.
Tomorrow I head south then west and end up in Grand Junction, Colorado. I have a private event there Monday morning that I am really looking forward to.
Only five more days left to my tour!