Monday, April 25, 2016

I Know Every Mile Will Be Worth My While

I'm about 3/4's packed. The rest will happen after work this evening, and I'm on the road at dawn tomorrow. My 2200 mile round-trip Excellent Louisiana Adventure to Babes is going to be epic!

I started this blog not quite 3 years ago after my first Babes 3-Gun match at the Rockcastle Pro-Am. I had SUCH a sense of pride and accomplishment after that adventure. I had turned 50 that summer, and was scared to death that I would make an idiot out of myself. But I overcame my apprehensions, accomplished my (albeit modest) goals, and came out of the experience a stronger person.

It's difficult for me to articulate how I feel about Babes With Bullets.
These accomplished women have guided me along, and become my friends. They made me realize that I am not a weirdo for being a girl who likes guns. I will be forever grateful for that. Every time I attend an event, I feel like it's a homecoming reunion with my best girlfriends. I can't wait to get there!

The lyrics to this Disney song rather aptly describe how I feel. It was playing in the car on my way home from that first Rockcastle match. (Yes I listen to Disney soundtracks while on shooting trips. I'm a pediatrician - don't judge me) :-D

"I know every mile will be worth my while. I would go most anywhere to feel like I belong." :-)

Saturday, April 9, 2016

Pre-Babes Panic

Holy Cow! I just realized that I leave for my Louisiana Excellent Adventure in a tad over two weeks! 

I've got the round count
I've got my hotel reservation.
But that's about all I've got.

I've been so busy with work and life, and getting my walking in, that this is sneaking up on me. This is no big deal for you gals who get to do this all the time, but I had a big interruption in my 3-Gun progression, and feel like I'm starting over from scratch.

I'm suddenly in panic mode. I haven't shot a 3-Gun match in over a year. And then I'm staying for the Babes With Bullets camp afterwards for a refresher.  How many extra rounds is that? And I still haven't shot any slugs yet. And maybe I don't have time to order more ammo, so maybe I need to run to Cabela's TODAY, because next weekend I'm working and on-call. And where is my rifle sling I ordered last year? And do I need it? And OMG do I still remember how to do twin loads? And where did I put the folding wagon? At least I know the rifle is still sighted in from that plinking range trip the other week.

And ... Okay, stop and take a breath. Remain calm ... Start your packing lists ...
... Whew, I'll keep you posted :-)