Wake up at four in the morning, shave, dress, make coffee, have breakfast and pack up rifle and gear and head off to pick up Fixer at his home by five (okay, I am fifteen minutes early, can you say eager Earl?). Drive safely through the night into day break, don't I love driving into the Sunshine? Yes! better than freezing rain. Arrive about eight Oregon time.
Have a wonderful Appleseed (aren't they all), with the best of folks (those that showed up for good reason), and words will never express (for Fred would cut me off for using too many to remember).
I had nothing to do, no assigned tasks, no responsibilities and could take all the pictures I wanted - until the battery ran out on my camera, sigh!
Luckily, there were a few things I could do well, like watch trigger fingers, assist with 1907 leather slinging, smile more, and laugh a bit, and bask in the Sunshine warmth.
Being the OCD type, I had one opportunity to be the hero of the moment and find the fallen flint, so Ben could continue to have the hands-on firing a Brown Bess replica. Those holes are way bigger than the .22 LR ones in the targets. Great moments in my life.
Thank you John the left-hander, you have really found the secret of Rifleman's Cadence a bit more dry practice and daily (5X per week) getting into each sitting position and a bit of yoga, and you will earn that patch many times in the future.
Aubrey, you came a long way and in only two days, I do hope you continue to practice marksmanship and bring your friends along, you have all the makings of a Rifleman.
Katie, we didn't get to work the entire weekend, but you have a great accepting attitude and meet challenges well, practice getting into and out of positions, until you own the six steps, NPOA and Steady Hold Factors. You are going to be a great shooter when you have everything together.
Dawn, thanks for being one of the adventurous ladies. And for showing me a hang fire (still in my mind unexplained). You handled all the rifle's tomfoolery well - do a few more Appleseeds in a bit better weather after a winter's dry practice with friends.
Michelle, congrats on the Rifleman patch and extra good followup proof. You had a great safe cross over rifle.
Ron, nice to meet you, all the potential in the world and a great humble attitude and willingness to accept the challenge, thanks for shooting and I do hope to work with you again on the trail.
Okay, Blue patch, you are going to be fine, more practice more Appleseeding and for sure tell your friends what a fine time you had and bring a few along next time.
Matthew, you are going to be someone to look up to for a long time, you really have all the knowledge and that cool patience to make the shot when it is right and you aren't rolling on hot brass. Keep up the study and get yourself a rifle, we all have opinions but it has to fit you and your style. The man with only one rifle is one to watch out for, since he can't get confused.
John, made Rifleman score both days and you overcame many of the things you worried over until it happened, sounds like perseverance to me - I am sure a solid trait in a Rifleman.
Matt, don't you know I love to show everyone my skill with the 1907 sling, glad I could quickly get you into it, I recommend Leather Sling and Shooting positions by M/SGT James R. Owens USMC (Ret.), I have a copy you could look at if you don't find it, nice that you earned a Rifleman score and patch, I believe. Three new Riflemen of ten shooters is a fine Appleseed Weekend - Huzzah, Huzzah, Huzzah!!!
What I wrote on my blog about it: http://earl-earlsview.blogspot.com/2014/11/another-great-appleseed-weekend-six.html