I had the pleasure of heading up to Mt. Rushmore early one morning with my father-in-law. We ended up getting there so early that we were the only people at the monument. What is already a very powerful place was quite amazing with no crowd, no noise, and no one to get in the way of my pictures. The last time that I got to see the monument it was so busy you couldn't have stood where I took this picture for more than a couple of seconds.