Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States



Mr. E and I took advantage of a Living Social coupon for an archery lesson yesterday afternoon! This goes with our theme of trying and learning new activities (e.g. surfing in Waikiki earlier this year, basic handgun safety and shooting last year).

We headed out to Wilderness Archery in Rocklin for our hour-long lesson at the indoor range. Our instructor, Matt, was extremely friendly, helpful, and encouraging, and we ended up being the only two in the class since the other pair who had signed up had cancelled, so we got a very attentive semi-private lesson.

The paper targets were set up 30 yards away, and we both used a recurve bow for our shooting of five arrows at a time. After we learned about basic safety and the appropriate form, we got started and had about 40 minutes or so of shooting practice. So fun! Matt was quite impressed with our shooting and relative consistency, as were the other two folks practicing on the range with much more advanced equipment.

And yes, I admit, we were at least slightly inspired by "The Hunger Games" movies and Katniss, although I don't think we're quite ready yet to survive on our own in the forest...


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