Wild Bill Bar – Original Site of Wild Bill Hickok’s Murder – Deadwood, South Dakota

I never, in all my life, took any mean advantage of an enemy. – Wild Bill Hickok

Wild Bill Bar – Deadwood, South Dakota

Original Site of the Nuttall and Mann’s Saloon, also nicknamed the #10 Saloon which refers to the 10th claim to be registered in Deadwood.

The Saloon site was located at the original level of main street Deadwood in 1876. Due to floods, areas of the town have been built up to its current level, which includes Wild Bill Bar. Nothing remains from Deadwood 1876 as the complete business district of Main Street Deadwood was destroyed by fire in 1879. Much of the original business owners rebuilt. This building was reconstructed in 1879 and then again after the fire of 1884.

Wild Bill arrived in Deadwood in July, he had recently married Agnes Lakes Thatcher and was only in Deadwood approximately 2 1/2 weeks before his fateful date – August 2, 1876.

He will always be remembered for his last poker hand, 2 black aces, 2 black 8’s, and an unknown fifth card. It also taught everyone to never sit with their back towards the door.

(taken from signage at location)
Love the historic bar at Wild Bill Bar, and I thoroughly enjoyed a glass of that Calamity Sangria!
Original site of Wild Bill Hickok’s murder – The re-creation of the site was very impressive, and it smelled really old which totally added to the ambiance. The original rock walls were stunning. At first, we were truly wondering if it would be the $5 to view this, but it truly was. Jeff and I totally enjoyed it.
Wild Bill was a rather handsome man!
I threw Jeff in the slammer – Wild Bill is my new man! 😉
Re-creation of a whore’s room back then; quite interesting.
And they even had a proper place to wash up between customers… oh my.
Main Street, Deadwood

St. Louis Cathedral & Jackson Square – New Orleans, Louisiana

Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier. – Mother Teresa

The St. Louis Cathedral is the oldest Catholic cathedral in the United States, and is located in the French Quarter of New Orleans. This stunning structure sits facing Jackson Square and the Mississippi River. St. Louis Cathedral survived Hurricane Katrina; however, she did tear a hole in it’s roof and water damaged the pipe organ which was later rebuilt.
The St. Louis Cathedral features a statue of Jesus, and at night, you can see his breathtaking shadow appear on the back.
Jackson Square is a historic park that sits in front of the St. Louis Cathedral. In 1803, this was the site where Louisiana was made part of the United States territory through the Louisiana purchase.

Today, this beautiful park is home to local artisans selling their creations, and of course, amazing jazz performers!
Snapped this picture of Tuba D honking his sousaphone at Sheena!
While the band was performing, I did a Facebook live so this video isn’t great, but at least you can hear the amazing music we heard!

The Journey Begins

Learn to enjoy every minute of your life. Be happy now. Don’t wait for something outside of yourself to make you happy in the future. Think how really precious is the time you have to spend, whether it’s at work or with your family. Every minute should be savored. — Earl Nightingale

Hoar Frost – 12.2018
a grayish-white crystalline deposit of frozen water vapor formed in clear still weather on vegetation, fences, etc.

So here I am, starting yet another brand new blog. Years ago, I was an avid blogger, and since my very first blog, I’ve tried starting a couple more but unfortunately life took over and I failed. I really enjoyed it though, so I thought I’d try this again. I think what is different this time around is that I have more time. Jeff and I are empty nesters now. We have a lake home, and traveling is in our future. I mainly want this to be a place to share my thoughts and experiences through images and words; to have a virtual scrapbook and journal of sorts for my kids and grandkids. I’m not going to set a goal of how many posts I will do, I am not going to set any expectations. I am just going to do whatever inspires me. But, I am going to blog past trips, because honestly, I have so many beautiful pictures to share; and it’ll hold me accountable to finally do something with them instead of them sitting on my Amazon Drive. You can hold me to that. I also want to share my embroidery, crafty things, photo editing tips, and lots of pictures of my puppies. Anyways, I’d love if you subscribe, leave comments, follow along.