Roadtrip to Orofino, Idaho – Boomershoot 2012

You know you are in a small, country, farming town when you see a bill board like this. “Rip Proof Overalls”. One of a few funny things Shelley Rae and I saw on our road trip today to Idaho for Boomershoot. We got a very early start since it was to be a 6 hour drive and we had to arrive in time for the evening High Intensity shoot. Andy and Bruce our film guys showed up at my condo at 6am to film me packing up the car. Then we drove to pick up Shelley at her place and filmed that as well and then us driving away in the Challenger. My goal was not to speed since we had a car loaded full of firearms. I did not want to risk getting pulled over. Well, that did not work out as planned.

Somewhere in Eastern WA we came around a corner of the highway and there was a State Trooper on the side. Lights flashed. Oh darn. At the same time I am getting pulled over Shelley received a call from a magazine that was offering her a job as editor. Does she stay on the phone because she does not want them to know she is getting pulled over by the police or does she get off the phone out of respect for the officer? She is getting her dream job offer! She stayed on the phone. Thank goodness Mr. Officer did not mind. So here are two gals in the muscle car that has plates that say RIFLGAL. Amazing. He saw my CPL with ID as well and he never asked anything about guns. The bummer is I thought I was only a few miles over the limit. I thought it was a 70mph zone. “No” he said, “It is 60.” Crap. He did still give me a ticket but for only 5 mph over instead of the 15 it would have been. To be honest I was hoping for a bit more drama to have something to really talk about. Did I get you excited to hear a great story and then let you down? Hee-hee.

We arrived in Orofino, ID to find out that the entire area is Verizon network only. Both Shelley and I have AT&T. It is a bit of a strange feeling to have zero phone service in a populated area. So we joined the ESS crew and followed them up to shooting location. It is a farm not an actual range. They followed their Google Earth map and it took us on a road that is normally not traveled. Yea. I had to pull my car over and leave it there. Huge sharp rocks and huge deep holes. We piled all gear and bodies in to their trucks and off we went. The match director laughed when he heard the road we went on. “No one takes that road!” he said. Now we know.

We got to take our AR’s out and walk down to the berm with hundreds of small pink and blue boxes. We were only 25 yards away from them. When they announced to start firing all craziness broke loose. I know I hit the first box I was aiming at and it went Kaboom! Then it was a big smokey haze. All of the bombs going off and then you can’t see what you are shooting at. I was laughing so hard I couldn’t hold up my rifle. I am sorry I don’t have photos or video yet to show you. I have to get those from the crew at the end of this trip. Then I will have lots. We get to do the short range shoot again tonight. Today we will go out and sight in the long rifle. I need to get a hold on the distances with landmarks of trees, etc. So far this has been a great trip. How did I get so lucky!

“Shoot Like A Girl! If You Can….”

About 30calgal

Member of the Unites States Rifle Team. 2011 NRA National Civilian Record Holder of 300 Yards. 2011 B.C. Rifle Champion (First American woman and second woman ever to win this in 127 years) and more. Starting the fast and exciting world of 3 Gun or Multi-Gun Competition.
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