I got to go to the Rocky Mountain House shooting club today! My dad’s friend, Mark, took us. Mark and my dad have been friends since they were kids, but even though they both love shooting, my dad is pretty much only interested in the hunting side of it, while Mark has spent a lot of time at ranges and likes target shooting and rifles and the same stuff I like. In fact, when Mark was in his twenties, he actually trained to compete in the Men’s Target Shooting in the Olympics, but he didn’t qualify, so now he just mainly does it for fun. But last week, Mark was over for dinner, and he mentioned how he went to the range with a friend a few weeks earlier, so I piped up and said I’d always wanted to go there, and then he offered to take me!
Since Rocky Mountain House is pretty far away (four hours!), my mom and dad wanted to come, too, and make it a whole family thing. It was a really cool drive- through the mountains on the Icefields Parkway, and we even stopped at the Columbia Icefield for lunch and to look around. My parents took me there when I was a kid, but I didn’t really remember it, so it was really nice to go again and see the huge glacier and mountains all around it. They do these rides on the glacier in big buses called Ice Explorers, and they also have guided walks up the glacier, but we didn’t have time to do any of that today.
The range was really nice, surrounded by nature and the wilderness. It felt really peaceful there. It was great to shoot with Mark and hear his tips and tricks. I definitely want to go with him again.