Miss D. and I have had a very pleasant few days in the Colorado Springs area, visiting family and friends and enjoying the many
Later today we'll head for south-east Colorado to join friends and fellow bloggers, firearms owners and enthusiasts all, for a long weekend of shooting, food, fun and festivities. Since the first Blogorado gathering in 2009 it's become an annual highlight for us all. Unfortunately, health issues have sometimes prevented my taking part - I had my heart attack just in time to stop me attending the first one - but this year it's a case of so far, so good. I threatened my doctor with unmentionable consequences if my kidney stone issues weren't sorted out in time to let me make this year's event, and fortunately he came through.
I'm proud to call myself the "Godfather of Blogorado". Back in 2008 I was one of the guests at a blogger gathering hosted by Phlegmmy in Dallas, TX. Farmgirl was another. We found ourselves outside together at one point during the evening, enjoying the night air. She asked thoughtfully whether anyone would be willing to travel that far if she and her family could arrange a similar gathering (including shooty goodness) in south-eastern Colorado. I assured her that we would, and promised to be among them. The rest is history. (Preens self gently, sticks nose in air. So there!)
One of the best things about the gathering is that it's invitation-only, which ensures that those who get together are thoroughly compatible with each other. Another is that it's isolated. We meet on the farm of one of the participants, far away from others, so we can shoot to our heart's content without worrying about noise, range hours and so on. It's a bit of a pain to get to somewhere so isolated - the nearest major airports are four to five hours away - but there are plenty of compensations.
Now it's off to load the car with last-minute supplies for the gang. Apparently .22LR ammunition has been in short to non-existent supply in the area for a long time, but it's almost back to normal where I live, so I've brought several thousand rounds to add to the noise level. Everyone's also bringing contributions to the food table, so we'll stock up on yumminess at a local supermarket: then it's hi-ho for Blogorado! Internet access has been spotty in that area in recent years, but I'm told it's improved, so I'll try to post here from time to time.
See y'all on the other side!