One melted marshmallow can bring back so many memories.
I walked by the old stone grill and noticed a jumbo marshmallow lying there, partially melted and covered in soot and ashes. I thought about the night it got left there – almost 10 days ago now.
It actually started as a Tweet.
In May, some women gun bloggers started Twitter talk about how they wanted to get together and shoot and talk social networking business stuff. One thing led to another; I was invited; and we all congregated here in southwest Missouri. Of course, since we’re in my home territory, it was only natural to have Dr. Bomb, aka hubby extraordinaire, along. He offered to teach us to blow some stuff up. Who can resist a man with that type of offer? And he also said he’d stay out of our way the rest of the time. Doubly good. Oh, and he offered to let us shoot his .50! That’s three ways he’s in on the deal.
We all wished we could have opened the event to anyone who is now blogging about guns and is female, but the venue would only sleep 10. To that end, we squeezed in 11, because Marti brought her cot and slept in the den.
Before we go into details, here are …
Beth Cowgill — Sass, Brass & Bullets – who makes a mean breakfast casserole.
Marti Davis — Women’s Outdoor News, Marti Davis Afield — who taught some people how to use a squirrel call, but not really very well.
Destinee – from FateofDestinee – who brought 16, no 15 guns to the event.
Lacey Duffy – who works for Ackerman McQueen on the NRA Women’s Network account and who can speak Cajun, we think.
Natalie Foster — Girls Guide to Guns — who enjoys kicking back and relaxing in a cart at Walmart.
Gabby M – Armed Candy – who is a real prankster and also brought the coffee, the good stuff from Second Amendment.
Gracie McKee – Packing Pretty – who dressed in pink, brought her pink gun and turned over an insect so it could continue on its way merrily.
Shelley Rae – Western Shooting Journal – who went on her first hunting trip at the getaway and borrowed a vintage tick-suit top from the early 1990s.
Anette Wachter – 30 Cal Gal and competitive long-range rifle shooter – who whipped up not only fabulous meal fare, but also strung together some bling blank bullet casing jewelry from her line of AW Collections in the kitchen.
And just what did we do?
And hopefully, we’ll all meet again – with some of you included – next year some place.
You’ll see plenty more about the weekend as we keep remembering highlights, moments, phrases and yes, marshmallows. So check out the bloggers and read what they have to say about our experience, too.
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