Sunday, July 21, 2013

Most rewarding weekend

Mid Thursday afternoon, as soon as we had the RV loaded, we set off for Smeltersville Idaho, to compete in a Steel Challenge match. The drive from Whidbey Island was without mishap, which is the way we like it, as we drove to a nice rest stop around Couer d' Alene where we spent the night.

Next morning we continued our journey towards Smelterville, and decided to spend Friday night in a pullout beside the river a short drive from the range. Except for some freeway noise, it is a nice place to spend some time. It was very warm so we set up our chairs beneath some trees and watched as fish rose to the surface of the water to feed, and rafters floated by. As time passed, the day grew way too hot for us folk from the PNW, (we sure are not used to that kind of heat) so we decided to ask our friend Larry, who was driving from Yakima WA and meeting us at the pullout, about the Inn he had booked a room at. It turned out that they did have a room for us, so we all drove to a nice little country restaurant, for a delicious B-B-Q rib dinner, before driving to the Inn. I was never so happy to take a shower, then collapse on the bed to enjoy the air conditioned room, and a good night's sleep.

Saturday morning we were in the Inn's restaurant at 6:30 am for breakfast before our big day. Little did I know how big it was going to be. As Usual we had a fun squad and all had a good time shooting the match.
The day was very hot, but we made sure we stayed well hydrated, and kept to the shade of the popup shelters provided for our comfort, as we waited for our turn to shoot. I thought I had done OK and as I was for the most part, writing down the times for the shooters, I noticed Mike and Larry were like a couple of race horses "neck and neck, stride for stride"I knew their times were very close indeed.
Time for the awards came around, and I was tickled to receive three medals for my effort as did Mike and Larry. What a big whoo-hoo! day for all of us.

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Sunday, July 07, 2013

Train museum at Filllmore CA

A couple of weeks ago we were in California, and on the Monday before we returned home, we went for a sightseeing drive. On our drive we discovered Fillmore and an interesting train museum, where we wandered around looking at the old trains and carriages.

Thursday, July 04, 2013

Happy 4th July

As you go about celebrating this 4th of July don't lose sight of why, we are celebrating.
It is not just about barbecues, and fireworks.
Have a safe, happy 4th.

On July 4, 1776, we claimed our independence from Britain and Democracy was born. Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the "land of the free and the home of the brave" so they can begin their American Dream.

The United States is truly a diverse nation made up of dynamic people. Each year on July 4, Americans celebrate that freedom and independence with barbecues, picnics, and family gatherings.

“I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to the Republic for which it stands. One nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”

Happy Birthday, America!