As avid a walker as I am, you'd think I'd know about a national -- no, INTERNATIONAL -- walking organization!
But you'd be wrong!
Today was such a serendipitous day, I can't believe it.
We are at Custer State Park in South Dakota. It is an incredible park with 1500 wild buffalo who have the entire run of the park. Seriously.
This is TC on a hike we took -- fresh "buffalo pies" every where!
We were scared we'd turn a corner and wind up face to face with one of the 2,000 pound suckers. Gives new meaning to the phrase "be aware of your surroundings!"
OK, but enough about that.
Today is National Hiking Day and in honor of that there were 4 ranger-led hikes planned. We showed up for the 8:30 am hike only to find we were the only ones there -- it was so foggy that you wouldn't be able to see the views anyway. So the ranger told us about the VOLKSMARCH being held at the Crazy Horse Monument.
Since it's only 10 miles away it was definitely on our list of things to do, so we decided to do it. We didn't know anything about it, but we struck up conversations with several people who told us all about the organization.
Anyway, we registered for the walk ($3) and for a medal ($10, cuz I'm all about the bling!), and off we went. It was a 6.2 mile walk up to the monument, and we even got to walk out on the part that will eventually be the arm of Crazy Horse. That alone is amazing because to walk out on the arm is an extra $105 if you do it on your own.
They only do the Crazy Horse Volksmarch twice a year, and how amazing that the fog rolling in this morning would lead to such a wonderful, once-in-a-lifetime experience for us?
Our first view of the monument:
It's deceiving -- the face is 87 feet tall! It will be the largest mountain carving in the world when it's done. For comparison, all 4 heads on Mt. Rushmore together are smaller than Crazy Horse's head.
What it will look like when it is done, probably in a hundred years or more:
Terrence enjoying the view, ha!
Not only do they have walking "events", like today, they also have do-it-yourself walks all over the country. They are always right around 10K, but most also have 5K courses. In fact, there's a Volksmarch located right here in Custer State Park, that we'll have to do now that we know about it. We each bought our new member kit for $6.50 and in it you have two booklets -- one gets stamped for each Volksmarch you do and one tracks mileage. There are lots of clubs all over the country, so if you love to walk -- this may be for you!