Following one night's sleep in the Ten Sleep canyon, Mike and Melissa loaded up the car once again and began a cheerful trek to Sturgis, SD where the infamous motorcycle rally had just come to a close. Eager to spend a couple days enjoying the parents as well as the sister and her boyfriend, the Harrington duo set out relatively early and arrived in the early afternoon ready for whatever the Black Hills and the Allen folks might throw at them.
The visit was kicked off by an evening of dumpster diving in an attempt bolster the eBay business of Luella who is choosing to follow in her parents footsteps. Finding a few good leftovers (boots, bike seats, posters and more) the crew headed back to brown house on Whitetail Dr. and Elk St. to wash up and enjoy a dinner of steak, corn, macaroni and potato salad accompanied by a few good brews (Estes Park Raspberry Wheat to be exact).
Tuesday came at a slow-pace but was quickly picked up a trip in Deadwood, South Dakota where the history of the old west has hardly died and the slots and poker tables are ready to be dished some of your hard earned cash, and hard earned cash is exactly what was left in Deadwood as none of the crew had any big wins. However, the boys (Harland, Ryan and Mike) enjoyed a $12 buy-in Texas Hold 'Em tournament while the ladies (Brenda, Luella and Melissa) hit up the slots and crossed their fingers for a chance at the bonus rounds.
Having enough of the slots and gambling life the crew of six made their way up Mount Roosevelt for a spectacular view of the hills before heading down the road to Central City to scarf down some hot wings and pizza from the infamous Pizza Lab (should you ever find yourself in the neighborhood, be sure to order a Thai Pizza - veggie or chicken, either way it's phenomenal!) The night ended with Melissa and Luella gettin' their Wii dance on and breaking a bit of a sweat.
Wednesday held a number of great joys and highlights for the whole family as they made their way into Rapid City for first and foremost a late lunch at Casa Real (that's Mexican food folks...a dearly missed cuisine in South Korea). With fully bellies, the crew headed on up the road to Putz and Glo a black light mini-golf center that really needs no explanation...the pictures can do all the talking on this one...
Following mini-golf and remembering the pure, unadultered awesomeness that was the 90's, the Harrington's and family made their way to Ralph's auction house for the pleasant, melodic rhythm of the auctioneer song and to again bolster the eBay businesses of both Luella and the Allen parents.
Having stashed up all these phenomenal moments and memories with the dearly beloved Allen family the Harrington's had to do what became an all too frequent routine on their return to the states: say good-bye. So, with tears in their eyes (Melissa's eyes more specificially) the couple loaded up their car and bid farewell to the Hills and more regretfully, the Allen's.