Dan Rather And Grandson Talk Road Trip To South Dakota

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Former CBS Evening News anchor Dan Rather was on a road trip with his grandson, Martin, to South Dakota. They visited Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial.

The two have been documenting their trip on social media. KELOLAND News spoke with the Rathers on Skype Monday evening. Here’s some highlights:

Here’s @DanRather on putting social media aside to enjoy @SouthDakota Black Hills #KELONews pic.twitter.com/cEHB6IdHjq — Michael Geheren (@mgeheren) July 18, 2017

.@DanRather explains where the idea for this road trip. It started out as a simple grandfather/grandson road trip, but then went viral pic.twitter.com/LM66wFKgtu — Michael Geheren (@mgeheren) July 18, 2017

.@MartinRather talks about the kindness of the people in the Midwest & @DanRather shares an observation about SD media habits. pic.twitter.com/XNNYyNOHhe — Michael Geheren (@mgeheren) July 18, 2017

.@DanRather also talks about his book coming out this fall in our interview. pic.twitter.com/YmTt2dJRMC — Michael Geheren (@mgeheren) July 18, 2017

Here’s a recap of the trip that they posted on Facebook Monday night:

Dan Rather has been a household name for decades (especially for viewers of KELOLAND), but his platform on social media has continued to rise throughout the 2016 election and the beginning of the Donald Trump presidency. He’s been reaching a whole new demographic of “viewers” on social media.

The 85-year-old isn’t slowing down anytime soon, Rather has a book about patriotism coming out in November. It’s called “What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism.”

More highlights from the trip:

Side trip to Crazy Horse Memorial, carved in mountainside. Inspiring, deep thought-provoking for my grandson and me. A must see. #roadtrip — Dan Rather (@DanRather) July 17, 2017

Driving through Black Hills in SD. Where plains meet mysterious, mountains, where ghosts of Custer, crazy Horse, and wagon train women dance — Dan Rather (@DanRather) July 17, 2017

At Mount Rushmore. The great monument never disappoints. Grandson Martin got his 1st view just before twilight. More tomorrow. #roadtrip — Dan Rather (@DanRather) July 17, 2017