Oh my children are absolute geniuses! How on earth did they pick out the perfect purse and shoes for me? He he he... Okay, I may have steered them in the right direction by ordered the items I wanted online myself, but still they were my presents from the kids.
And a rose gold and diamond ring.
And rose gold earrings to match the ring.
And a rose gold and diamond necklace to match the ring and earrings.
Check out that rainbow cake.
So after breakfast and presents, we went out to sight see. Our first stop was the Mt. Moriah Cemetery. We went there of course to see where Wild Bill Hickok and Calamity Jane are buried, but it turned out to be a really cool cemetery for many reasons, not the least of which is because it's in a great location on the side of the mountain. Sure they must spend a fortune in retaining walls, but still, it was very cool.
It's the only cemetery I've ever paid to get into but it was only $1 for adults, so worth the price of admission. And sure enough, they're neighbors in death.
The story Calamity Jane told was that she and Wild Bill were lovers, but historians and accounts from people who knew her differ. Most say that she carried a torch for him, but they were never more than acquaintances or perhaps casual friends. The truth is, Wild Bill was shot less than a month after arriving in Deadwood on the same coach as Calamity so they likely wouldn't have had time to develop any sort of attachment even if he had reciprocated her feelings. Most of the people who've done the research say that Hickok was a very handsome man who had his pick of the women around him and preferred the soft feminine type, which Calamity Jane decidedly was not. (In fact there are accounts that say she tried prostitution but couldn't make a living at that because of her lack of feminine charm.) By the time he came to Deadwood, Hickok was newly married to a lovely young woman named Alice who, by all accounts, he adored. He'd left her behind in Cheyenne to seek his fortune in Deadwood.
And the cheesecake did not disappoint. After devouring two slices at lunch, we ordered two more to go so we could enjoy them later in the day. After lunch we walked down to the 4 Aces Casino to see the shootout.
And this time we finally found someone to take a family picture.
It was definitely a fun weekend, but completely exhausting.