Tuesday, July 22, 2014


To celebrate my brother's birthday, we are meeting up at my Aunts's cabin in the Black Hills.  Kyle and I met at South Dakota School of Mines in Rapid City so anytime we can travel West to the Hills we jump at the chance. Our final destination is Rochford for birthday festivities but we made a pit stop to hang out in Rapid to reminisce in our favorite local spots prior to finishing our road trip.

Bully Blends is the best place for breakfast and coffee  in Rapid and it is our must go anytime we are here. I can't lie we usually get 2-3 coffees a day while in Rapid because there are so many great spots but Bully has the best atmosphere to chill and enjoy the moment. Then we were able to enjoy a little stroll in Founder's Park together with Mozzy.

For lunch, we are getting sushi at Ichibahns. I can't even count how many birthdays and anniversaries we celebrates together at the sushi joint. We always order the same thing- Kyle spicy tuna roll and me  Coconut roll.

The trip out to Rochford was nostalgic. We drove past Rimrock the church we went to regularly through college. As always, the smell brought back lots of memories of our college days. When we arrived at our destination, my brother and sister-in-law immediately took us for an ATV trail ride. I can't lie, I was pretty tense the whole trip but I still had a great time hanging out. For dinner we ordered from the Moonshine Gulch. Betsy, the owner, makes some dang good food and its a must to have her make us supper at least one of the evenings. We were able to share burgers, onion rings, fries and laughs all evening.

Saturday, we went bike riding and on another longer trail ride.  We also made a trip to Hill City, a bug tourist trap in the Hills. Us girls found a quilt shop and we spend almost our whole stop there looking and choosing fabric for our next projects. We also swung into the ice cream parlor to enjoy a few scoops in a waffle cone.

 Later that evening, the boys hit up Deadwood to gamble that evening and us ladies played cards and dominos past 1am! By the end of the evening we were making up games such as "Xtreme Dominos" where you can play your chain off a double brick. Very entertaining!

It was a little bitter sweet leaving Sunday morning. We had a great relaxing weekend and so much fun with family. Our dog, Mozzy, enjoyed exploring the hills and I really think he liked it up there but I mean, who doesn't? He got lots of attention, exercise and napping in. He honestly, did not want to leave and seemed really bored at home the following day. We can't wait to go again! I believe we are planning on spending our one year anniversary up in the Hills and we already started making our list of activities to do this Fall.

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