Our first task was to get rid of the furniture the previous owner already had in the Lead house that we did not need. What we kept was mostly beds. We made a deal where we gave the excess furniture to the management company and told them they could sell it on Craigslist or use it in one of their other rental units and keep any proceeds to pay for their trouble. So they sent a couple of guys with a trailer to drag away tables and dressers and couches to try and make room for what was coming.
|Boxes on the porch|
So, we started to unpack. Boxes were opened revealing bundles of paper. Inside each bundle of paper was another bundle of paper. Inside that bundle of paper would be a glass or a dish or a knickknack.
|Boxes in thr rooms|
In the end, we got everything sort of taken care of with an entire hour to spare. By "sort of" I mean we crammed our belongings into every available space in the house, took everything left and crammed it into the garage, then locked the garage and fled. There, the leftover stuff will sit until we get back (probably in September of 2014) and begin to deal with it. It will probably mostly end up as trash, but you just can't throw away that much stuff all at one time. You have to gradually get used to the idea. I mostly just tell myself that it is inevitable. Even if we move back into a "sticks and bricks" house, we are never again going to live in 3600 ft.². One way or another, much of this stuff simply has to go. My only regret is that there are certain items that I probably will want again but I have no idea where they are. Locating them in that garage would be akin to finding the Ark of the Covenant in the federal storehouse.
While we were unpacking, we were in no mood to cook, so we explored the culinary offerings of Lead, South Dakota. Let me sum it up for you. Cheyenne Crossing. If you are ever in the area and looking for a place to have dinner the answer is Cheyenne Crossing. There is a sandwich place which is okay for lunch and Mad Man'z pizza makes a lousy pizza but a fairly good calzone (which they call a pasty though it really isn't). Lewies is a biker bar that serves sandwiches and burgers. You can order your burger anyway you like but it's going to come back well done. The Roundhouse Restaurant is "okay" but after waiting 20 min. to be seated in a half-empty restaurant, you wind up paying premium prices for clearly less than premium food. The best place we found actually "in town" was Bumpin' Buffalo where you can actually get a decent meal at a reasonable price. But if you can, go to Cheyenne Crossing. We did - five times.
Cheyenne Crossing is a stage stop at the junction where Hwy 14a through Spearfish Canyon runs into Hwy 85, about 7 miles south of Lead proper. It was founded in the 1880s, which is pretty good considering that Deadwood did not exist before 1876. The old buildings now contain a gift shop, a bed-and-breakfast and a café serving the best food you going to find short of driving to Rapid City. The atmosphere is very homey and the food is strictly comfort all the way. If you go there, do not pass up the chance to have a cup of whatever the soup of the day is. All of the ones we tried were delicious. And at the end of the meal, be sure to get a piece of carrot cake, even if you have to take it home and eat it later.
Saturday morning, we fired up the motorhome and pulled out of the driveway about the same time the cleaning crew came to set up the house for the guests scheduled to arrive later in the day. We are scheduled to spend the week at a conference for full-time RVers in Gillette, Wyoming. Hopefully, I will now be back to blogging every few days and will let you know how things go.
You can compare these photos to the old decor at the Executive Lodging site. It's pretty busy but we think it came out more "interesting".
|The final results|
|The game room downstairs|
|This bedroom used to have a bunk bed|
|The great room with our giant TV|
|Dining area and piano|