The weekend started out on Saturday with Eric coming over a bit early. We shot my course that I have in my back yard as much as we could then Eric, Sydney (my daughter) and I headed out around 3:30pm. After 5 hours travel and a stop at Quaker Steak & Lube (first time for all of us) we arrived at the hotel that Mike arranged for us about 10pm.
The next morning we got up and going, had a nice breakfast at the hotel and went over to the shoot which was just 4 miles from the hotel. Mike and his crew have put in a LOT of work. I think they have 45 lanes on the side of a hill now. And they seem to have more each time we go there. Absolutely spectacular and a must if you are up for the travel.
Eric, Sydney and I sat down to make sure our guns were sighted in about 8:15. 10 shots later and I was good, which frustrates Eric to no end..."puff guns" he always says. Hans and Rosalie showed up, which was an unexpected bonus and then HECTOR came walking in. He hasn't seen Sydney in about 4 years, so it was great to see his expression when he realized she was there.
Mike got things going. Sydney and I shot together as we were sharing my gun. There was very little wind during the entire course, which is strange when you are on the side of a mountain like that. We had a great day shooting. Sydney did very well shooting in the "young division" as Mike called it. There were two of them. Sydney was definitely not near 16 and I'm not sure if the other boy was or not. But those were the two "young" shooters -- in comparison to us old farts I guess. She ended up with 102/120 (17 misses) and the other fellow had 96/120.
I feel like my FX Streamline shot really well getting me 51/60. The X-Barrel that FX put on it hasn't hurt at all, and I think it actually does better with it. There were two shots that I couldn't figure out why they did what they did, but I've come to realize that it was probably me and not the gun. <sigh>
Afterwards Mike got all the scores together and went over the standings. Field Target isn't about any monetary reward as typically you'll get a piece of paper, small plaque or something similar. And there is usually a lot of ribbing because today you might be on top, but tomorrow you might be on the bottom. It all depends on you and how you shoot on a given day. Some times you are on top of the world and other times you feel like crawling under the covers and forgetting about the day. But they way I see it, it's like a round of golf. You might really suck, but then there's this ONE shot that you can't believe you got. And THAT is what makes you go back next time to see if you can make it TWO.
Even though it was 53 Sydney was still cold <crazy>
Had a great weekend with my daughter -- it's been a while since she shot. We had a lot of laughs and had a great time without any incidents.