Anyone sick of hearing about our South Dakota trip yet? Ok, I'm going to wrap it up today.
On the fourth day (Sunday), Russ and his parents got up early for a planned trip to Deadwood while the boys and I got around slowly to head across the highway to a water park inside a hotel.
As it turns out, Deadwood wasn't as impressive as that group thought it would be and they didn't spend a lot of time there. All of the parking was meter parking and everything was basically gambling.
The boys really enjoyed the water park but after three hours Reid was ready to go. We left for a while to get lunch and left Reid and Ross at the hotel for some down time and Ryan and I went back. We had a lot of fun hanging out together. After SIX hours at the water park and 24 trips down the water slides (at 70 steps each), I told Ryan that it was time to go. This was the face that I got:
He did; however, want to be in a picture with the slides! The big red and blue one was his favorite. It spun us around and around the bowl before then taking us down a water slide and dumping us in a pool.
That night we had dinner at the bar and grill connected to the water park called Sliders. We had the best service and the best food! It was the perfect way to end our trip.
We got up on Monday and hit the road by 5:30 mountain time (6:30 central time). The drive was pretty uneventful besides our lunch stop. I was trying to pick somewhere quick but decent to eat and saw a sign for a Kentucky Fried Chicken. I drove past a lot of exits to get to that one and then there was construction on it. After lunch when we were ready to leave there was a train blocking it. We probably lost 30 good minutes at that exit, besides our actual time eating lunch - FAIL! The boys were a little restless with a couple hours left (and everyone except Ross was completely SICK of Alvin & the Chipmunks) but overall I give them an A for the entire trip. We made good time though because even with that bad stop and two other quick stops, we were still in our driveway right around 5:00pm.
This picture pretty much sums up the majority of the car ride. Ross is sucking his thumb and watching Alvin, Reid is playing DS, and Ryan is keeping himself entertained:
As I said at the beginning of my four blog recap, it was a great trip. We spent some great quality time together as a family and with the boys' grandparents. Doesn't get much better than that!