Simply put, we were overwhelmed.
So much has changed since we were last here some 35 years ago, that is except for the monument itself. Pretty much the face alone is the most noticeable difference. We thought more would be done and now we know we'll not see the completed work in our lifetime. There is now a two theater orientation center with a conference hall and education center, Indian Museum with three wings, gift shops too numerous to mention (I lost count of the rooms and got lost also), restaurant and snack shop, the sculptor's log home, workshop and studio, Indian cultural center and so much more. When we were here last, there was just a one room visitor center that was probably the size of the present day snack shop alone. My head was spinning when we left on the four lane entry/exit road which was just a gravel road before.
But if Crazy Horse blew us away, words cannot describe the impact Mt Rushmore had on us. It too has equally changed so drastically since our last visit. We didn't recognize one aspect of it from before (neither would have Cary Grant - Alfred Hitchcock's North by Northwest) except for the monument itself. In fact, we had a hard time finding our way around just to locate where we once viewed the rock sculptures 30 some years ago, even if it still existed. Finally I noticed a small sign "Historical viewing area" and followed the staircase down through the pines to the now vacant platform.
The trees have now grown to obscure the view. Everywhere you walked was on this smooth polished granite. It was not like that back when.
I could have put it any better.
As we were leaving my wife said to me "Did you see that young man who just passed us? He had the biggest smile on his face. He was really enjoying seeing this. It's probably his first time." And for that, all of the changes were just fine with us.
It was a really gusty and windy day all day long since we left camp at Devils Tower Wyoming. At Crazy Horse we were bitterly cold. By the time we arrived at Mt. Rushmore I think we were just wind-blown tired. Both places you definitly should go see, if you are ever in the Black Hills of south Dakota.