Northeast Ohio Airgunners held their first match at their new location yesterday. We left at 3:45 AM and arrived about 7:45 AM to a light drizzle and no-one else. We were quickly checking emails and websites to make sure the match was still on when we saw Tyler and Jeff.
So this is an interesting venue. It turns out that it is a winery that went under and was then purchased by a family -- so what do you do with all that land? Whatever you want....
To say that Tyler was surprised to see the two of us is probably an understatement and that right there made my day. Shortly after we were surprised when Ray Apelles showed up with Diana. And then the Himes brothers showed up -- wow. I guess this was going to be a well attended event! In the end I believe 27 shooters participated.
Despite the abundance of mud on the course we all made it through without anyone or their equipment falling in the mud. NOA made the best of what they had by laying rough sawn lumber across some of the puddles, but in the end you were probably a bit muddy.
Tyler puts together some great courses and this was no exception -- challenging and fun. The Himes brothers, shooting hunter pcp, taught us all a lesson as Dennis got 56 and Tom got 58 -- WOW followed by Ray with 53!
Ray let on that he's really a geek at heart during the match (no surprise to some...). During the shoot he explained that he loved the movie series "Lord of the Rings" and as a surprise his fiance had gotten him the elfin ring that renders the wearer invisible. So he shared this and we all took in his geekdomness. After the match Ray's fiance' Dianne asked how Ray did and I chimed in -- I have no idea, I didn't see Ray until he took off the ring. I don't think I've seen Ray EVER laugh that hard.
After the match was over Kristen had an awesome lunch prepared with venison, salads, and pulled pork...YUM. We sat around for about 90 minutes and then Tyler took care of handing out the 1st place awards and we said our "until next time's" and left for home.
Despite the mud it was a great day with a lot of shooting and even more laughs.