Sioux Falls, SD — Saturday marked the beginning of my excursion out to the Great West.
My first stop was in Sioux Falls to see some old friends: the Schmidtmans.
I grew up playing sports with Ryan and his dad, Carl, helped coach our football and basketball teams in elementary school. Ryan’s mom, Jackie, was like a mother to me. Ryan’s brothers, Mike and Dan, were like my brothers.
I spent many nights at their house.
He moved to Sioux Falls going into seventh grade and I have seen him sparingly since that time. The last time I saw him or the family was in 2008.
Until Saturday. This was nine years in the making, and it was a ton of fun.
I had a great time catching up with the family, going out to eat, watching some low-level MMA fights in-person and going out to the bar afterwards.
Ryan definitely showed me a good time, but it was about more than just that.
We re-opened old stories about sports, growing up and funny memories we had with our friends back in the day.
It felt good to see the family again, and I hope they enjoyed seeing me. All of the kids are off doing great things. The only one I didn’t see was Dan, because he was giving a speech at Yale University, which, for a South Dakota kid, is pretty impressive.
I wish I could have spent more time there, but a new day called for a new adventure.
However, it was a perfect way to start the trip.