Nice thing about Wade's DAR is location, location, location. Except for the many times of truly bad weather I can drive home to a solid rest before the next day and drive back full of coffee and good humor. The good humor comes from working with good people and helping them become better shots and remembering our heritage. This Appleseed looked a little daunting, but Fred wouldn't allow us to tremble in the face of thirty or more shooters and so few instructors, and RL has a real positive attitude and that is contagious. And, without humility, I was one of the instructors so it had to be good didn't it?
Seriously, the shooters were great, listening and testing and trying and performing, always trying to do their best on each shot. We had several family groups, all generations (one of the reasons Appleseed work is families and sharing the experience with others not exactly like oneself).
RL was the shoot boss, and he had the POI, but he actually ran the Appleseed kind of like Captain Parker, asking advice and opinion, and group think --- which was interesting to me when I caught the connection. He has all the numbers, but I do know that we covered all the instruction, and the shooters got the real Appleseed and the need to continue to talk about what they got from the weekend, to practice and to return again. As we said good-byes one gentleman told me that he had been here before and didn't remember me well -- I will get working on expanding my presence to all the shooters. Maybe talk louder and more? Nah.
Along that generational thing, the young people really working hard on learning this skill, soaking up the History and heritage, as their several generations older folks amble down to the target line also working hard on learning the skill and enjoying the heritage and the Dangerous Old Men stories. This country will do great things when we get the bilge bailed , QUICKLY, QUICKLY, QUICKLY!!!