Written by Greg Evers - June 2022
The scrimmages were being held at the Boise State University football field, which is famous for having blue turf. This was one of the advantages of attending this camp, being able to walk and officiate on such a legendary field.
I flew out of Boise and flew to Rapid City, South Dakota. Originally I had planned on attending another camp in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but due to one of my later camps having to change their dates, I had to skip that camp. With the camp being located in South Dakota, when I originally started to organise this trip I decided that I'ld go and see Mount Rushmore while I was in South Dakota. Having flown in to Rapid City, I grabbed the hire car and stayed overnight in Rapid City and then headed off to Mount Rushmore the following day.
Initially, I was going to find an adventure park and look at undertaking some of the activities there but as I was driving towards it, I noticed sign-posts for the Crazy Horse Memorial, so I decided to go and see that instead. At the Crazy Horse Memorial, the main information center is located quite a distance from the actual memorial, but there is a bus that you can take to get a closer look. I was able to jump on that and go for a closer look. You're still a fair way away from it but are able to gain an understanding of how much work is involved to make it look like the designed finished memorial.
After having some lunch at Crazy Horse, I drove back to Mount Rushmore (it was about 30min away from Crazy Horse). It was pretty incredible to walk around and see all of the information about how it was initially designed, and then built. We tend to think that painting portraits, or even some carvings, can be pretty spectacular but when you're carving a memorial in to a mountain, it's really incredible what they were able to achieve.
The added benefit of staying where I was, they are setup in such a way that when eating breakfast you have a clear view of Mount Rushmore, so it was nice to be able to sit and eat breakfast with some pretty spectacular views. Following breakfast, it was a drive back to Rapid City to catch a flight to my next destination\camp.