OK.....I am having some problems getting pictures to load on blogger using our laptop. Last night, after wrestling with it for awhile, I finally got it to work. But I don't want to have to take the time to do this every night. It takes away from my vacation. So I am just going to copy and paste my word document each night about what we did that day and then once we get home, I will take some days to load some of the pictures from our trip. OK?
Here is today's summary:
Thursday, July 1, 2010: We got up this morning and had breakfast at the hotel. It was basically a continental breakfast plus pancakes. We continued our drive and stopped at a Black Hills welcome center, which had a lot of information and a gift shop. We then finally came into Deadwood. It is a neat-looking old western town which reminds me of Cripple Creek from last year’s trip. We were not able to check into our hotel because it was too early so we had the car parked and headed uptown. We ate lunch at a place called Mustang Sally’s, which was mainly burgers and fries. Then we headed towards Saloon #10 where right outside, we signed up for a bus tour leaving at 2:15. The tour guide was very informative and took us all around Deadwood, explaining lots of stuff as we drove. The tour also took us to Mt. Moriah (aka Boot Hill), which is where Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane are buried. He explained both of those people to us and come to find out, they were NOT lovers or even involved with each other much at all. I am glad we took that tour as I learned a lot from the guide. After getting off the tour bus, we found a place to watch a staged shootout on the street (wasn’t all that great really) and then went back to Saloon #10 where we watched a staged reenactment of the shooting of Wild Bill. B1 got to take part in the action and played the part of one of the card players who was at the table when Wild Bill got shot. I took several picture of her. That reenactment was much better! Once we left there, we came back to our hotel and checked into the room. Bruce and the girls swam for a little while and I went and gambled. Bruce and I have decided (from just the little we have done so far) that the machines in Deadwood are tight! Not the “loosest slots” like those on the Casino Queen…..haha! We then headed a few doors down and ate dinner at Gem’s Steakhouse inside the Mineral Point Casino. The meal was OK but nothing special. I was hungry for steak though so it was satisfying. Bruce is out gambling now and the girls and I are in the hotel room. We might play a game of cards and just watch some TV before going to bed later.