A Monumental Day…

We be packin'

I think this image says it all

…and to think it all started with a ‘No Guns’ sign in the Frontier Mall in Cheyenne. Wyoming neighbors may be friendly, but they also be ‘packin’.

We met Sue, a woman who works in Olive Garden, and she advised us we should stop at the Crazy Horse Memorial and then see Mt. Rushmore, with whatever time we had left. Since Patty had just read about Crazy Horse, we decided to take her advice and make Mt. Rushmore our second stop – good move, see below.

We only charged to 183 range miles at Cheyenne, because we thought we would easily make it to Lusk, WY – 134 miles. Well, I started out averaging 75mph – the speed limit in much of Wyoming and South Dakota – for much of

That almost sinking feeling

That almost sinking feeling

the way, and found myself only 4 range miles above my real miles remaining. For newbies in electric vehical parlance, this means I don’t have much of a safety margin and if things like steep hills or severe head winds occur, I may run out of available miles before I reach my destination. Don’t worry, Tesla builds in a safety margin, but I don’t really want to find out what it is. To make a long story short – I slowed down to 50mph to make my motor more efficient and arrived in Lusk, WY with 6 range miles on my car (almost out of gas for the non-EV owners).

While driving more slowly the last 35 miles into Lusk, we were following the railroad tracks and saw several really long trains. I tried to take pictures of them that I could stitch together into a panarama, but the trains were just too

Ranching in Wyoming - if it wasn't so much work we would all do it.

Ranching in Wyoming – if it wasn’t so much work we would all do it.

small in this ‘big sky’ environment found in Montana, Wyoming, and the Dakotas. What I did find, however, was a farm that just looked idillic from the road. Therefore, I stopped and took the picture. {click on pictures to see larger version, use back arrow to return} When I started back up, Patty commented that we couldn’t do that again – she was worried we wouldn’t make it to Lusk. Well a little later we drove by a tiny town and the sign announced Lost Springs and listed a population of 4. I wasn’t allowed to turn around or back up to get a picture of that sign. We both agreed that if we saw anything similar we would stop and take a picture.

Tesla supercharging stop in Lusk, WY

What is wrong with this picture?

Now in Lusk I found a really humorous situation – it wouldn’t have been so funny if there were other Tesla owners charging there. Someone had painted diagonal lines to help Tesla owners park. The only problem was that they painted them in the wrong direction. Teslas have their charging port (gas cap to non-EV owners) on the driver’s side of the car. Everything was lined up as if they would be on the passenger side of the car at the Lusk supercharger. I wound up aligning the yellow parking lines down the middle of the car and using the ‘next door’ charger. I could have backed straight in, or parked at a diagonal directly opposite the one drawn on the concrete, but it was a local motel and there wasn’t a lot of room. Take note Tesla.


On to Crazy Horse Monument —

Crazy Horse Monument

Crazy Horse Monument

This has been under construction since 1948 and certainly isn’t yet half done. They are carving a mountain to render a 3-dimensional statue of Crazy Horse. Crazy-Horse-Mt-RushmoreThe size is absolutely immense – the four heads at Mt. Rushmore would all fit behind Crazy Horse’s head, with room to spare. It was $11 per person to get in, but understand that this undertaking is all paid for from private donations and the entrance fees of people like us. That is one of the reasons it is taking so long to finish. The other is that it started with one man designing the memorial to Crazy Horse and the American Indian and that

Craig & KiKi with 5 chiefs from Battle of Little Bighorn and a full Indian headdress

Craig & KiKi with 5 chiefs from Battle of Little Bighorn and a full Indian headdress

same man doing all the work to blast away the mountain. He had the approval of the Indian tribe owning the land and he worked with the five remaining Indian survivors of the battle of the Little Big Horn, to get the proper description of Crazy Horse and understand his stature as a hero of the American Indian.

What it will look like overlaying photo of existing work

What it will look like overlaying photo of existing work

If you noticed what looks like graffiti in the lead picture, it is really the horse’s head, drawn so that they can use the template to blast out the rock around it.

While there are not a lot of views of the developing monolith available to visitors, at this time, there is a tremendous amount of material about the American Indian, the development of this project, and the living/working area of the artist who undertook this multi-generational project. It is a unique place to visit and should not be missed.

Patty & KiKi in front of the Crazy Horse Memorial

Patty & KiKi in front of the Crazy Horse Memorial

Patty in front of model built to instruct work on mountain

Patty in front of model built to instruct work on mountain


Mt. Rushmore had more views of the four presidents available, but it, too, was basically a ‘one-trick-pony’ when it came to the attraction.

Mt-Rushmore

Tell my friends I was here

Tell my friends I was here

Patty wants to join the group

Patty wants to join the group

Craig and Patty with all the other tourists in front of four of our presidents

Craig and Patty with all the other tourists in front of four of our presidents

It is also the only place in the U.S. you can get Thomas Jefferson ice cream. Jefferson has the added distinction of having the first published receipt for ice cream in the colonies. The fact that it is more expensive than normal vanilla, because it uses much more pure vanilla bean, says something about the quality of modern ice cream, with all it’s artificial additives. I will say it tasted really great – I generally avoid vanilla ice cream as too boring, but this was worth the extra cost.

Tomorrow is a long day (500+ miles) with four superchargers, so I may not have anything to say tomorrow night, but we will see.

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