Day two of my fabulous Girl’s Trip found us getting coffee and checking out of Cadillac Jack’s, then on to shopping in fabulous Deadwood.
I didn’t realize that Deadwood is as big as it is. It’s an interestingly historic town (read more about that here), but also a very touristy town. There are so many neat little shops to check out and, inevitably, you run into buildings with some historical plaque telling you about things that went on in that building.
Our first stop was, of all places, a basement cigar shop on Main St. I’m not a fan of cigars, but the shop had a cool vibe. Everyone else shopped or had a drink, but I decided to go find the Harley-Davidson shop. The Flirt collects HD t-shirts from different places, so it made a nice souvenir to bring back for him. It also made for a good excuse to get away from the smokey environment.
A little later, we met up and continued shopping. We had lunch at the Sick-n-Twisted Brewing Company. The food was ok but the dark beer I drank, called “Panty Dropper”, was super good. No, I did not drop my panties. I like those well secured, thank you!
Shopping accomplished, we got back in the van, which our favorite Librarian expertly maneuvered into, and back out of, the parking garage. On to Rapid City!
Once in Rapid City, we checked into the historic Alex Johnson Hotel, which is in the heart of the downtown area. Party Girl, who made all of the travel arrangements was able to get a great deal on his usually expensive hotel because we stayed during an off season time. If you get a chance to stay there, do it. You may even see a ghost!
There was a delay getting checked in, because our rooms weren’t ready. So, we met up with Party Girl’s younger brother, and his wife, then went off to eat supper at the most amazing Mexican restaurant called Que’ Pasa. The food there is so good, and I had a margarita that had Serrano peppers in it. The rim of the glass was lined with salt and chili powder. I’m not a big drinker, but this was a mind blowing beverage. How refreshing that it was savory and not sickeningly sweet like a lot of margaritas can be.
What a surprise to have someone else join us! A guy from my home town and his wife ate with us, and it was lovely to have the opportunity to catch up with him. He did some amazing impressions of some of our teachers, and told all kinds of stories that had the whole table busting up. What an amazing time!
After we got done eating we went to a cigar bar called the Tinder Box. I’m not sure what the attraction is to cigar bars for Party Girl, she doesn’t smoke them. The vibe in these places is always really cool, but for those of us who have allergies, it’s not the most fun place to hang out. We were there for about an hour waiting for our reservation time for the big surprise even if the evening… a Speak Easy!
Several blocks of walking back alleys brought us to this door, and we went down to the basement where a code was given. Once the code was accepted, we were seated all around this claw foot bathtub made into a coffee table.
The drinks were so cool, and we passed them around so everyone could taste them. Some of these drinks were made by burning some kind of alcohol in the glass, which was cool. The Librarian ordered one of these, and I managed to get some pictures of the process. It was so dark that it was hard to see, but he used something (maybe salt?) to shake into the glass to make sparks, and then he poured the still flaming alcohol on the floor. Once he tamped out the fire and poured the shaken drink into the glass, The Librarian noted that the floor was still on fire where he poured the flaming alcohol out.
Shortly before the flaming drink show, Party Girl fell asleep. She really hadn’t had that much to drink, but we aren’t spring chickens anymore, and the day before had been a long one. It wasn’t long before her brother and her son, who arrived at that point, posed to have their picture taken with her blissfully napping in her high backed chair. Then a picture was taken with our waiter, and also with a group of ladies who’d been taking a group picture in the corner next to us.
An hour or so later, Party Girl wakes up. We’ve all been drinking and chatting, while she catches up on some much needed sleep. Needless to say we filled her in on all of the things that had gone on while she was checked out, and true to form, she was a good sport about it. Time to go back to the hotel and get checked in.
We had Jack and Jill rooms, which are two rooms joined by a bathroom. The Alex Johnson Hotel is so nice, Faithful Readers. The rooms in this really old hotel have been redone, but all of the historical features have been preserved. The beds are so comfortable, and the staff are amazing. Do stay there if you get the chance.
Once checked in and unpacked, Birdy Girl and I went up to Vertex, on the top floor. This bar is so cool! You can order a drink and sit inside next to windows overlooking the city, or you can sit outside next to the gas fire pits. Party Girl’s younger brother met us there and the three of us sat outside next to one of the fires, and caught up. What a lovely evening.
So ends Day two of our fabulous Girl’s Trip to South Dakota. Blessings all!