“It began while leaving an airport in Rapid City, South Dakota. Myself, along with a group of other photo enthusiasts we loaded onto a bus and headed to Wall, South Dakota. It was a quaint old town with a very interesting past and we spent two days there. After getting up before the birds and rattlesnakes, we all loaded onto the bus to capture sunrise pictures of the Badlands. It was truly amazing watching the sun begin its downward slide over the ragged mountains and we didn’t miss a beat trying to capture the shadows, awakening colors and magnificence of the mountain range. We spent two days in the Badlands at several different outlooks and just continued our picture taking well into the sunset. With our two Nikon professionals, we learned many important factors of our cameras and put that knowledge to good use during the whole trip.
On day three, we headed to Mt. Rushmore to see this wonder of the world. Even before parking, we had great views of the four presidents from the bus. Along with many hundreds of other people, we walked around through the pines taking photos of different views of the sculpted heads. It was a long hard walk up the stone steps and down again but well worth it. From there, we went to a Ghost Town, which turned out to be a quaint little area where many original businesses of old were set up and a family of women who dressed the part were giving of the history and of their time. Dining in style that night provided us with much needed sleep and on day four, we were on our way to visit the wild stallions. Magnificent animals which mostly posed for us, but seeing these horses in their natural habitat was remarkable. We ended this day by visiting Sylvan Lake, a wonderful little lake with huge rock formations that create the most amazing reflections in the water. Back to the lodge and another grand dinner, we rested to get an early start on our last day to go see the buffalo. Trust me when I say we saw them up close and personal. Magnificent animals that take you to a time long ago when they ruled the earth.
This was my personal best vacation and the Mentor Series is one I would travel with again and again.”