This installment of link ❤ is all about the #GirlsGunGetaway! You may have seen this post by Gracie of PackingPretty.com and I’ve mentioned it here too. For my recap of the GGG, I put together a montage of favorite photos and video clips I was able to capture with my camera and Midland XTC’s.
It’s actually pretty hard for me to choose highlights from my trip (there were so many), but I will do my best. First off, I ❤ good food. I was a bit concerned over the viddles and upon leaving for my trip I had already mentally prepared myself for less than fabulous food fare. Then I met Anette, who must be a direct descendant from the Amazons, and I worried even more. I mean… look at those arms! Considering she was in charge of the chow, I wondered if we would subsist on kale, nuts, seeds and whatever else people who look like Anette eat. My mind was immediately set at ease as she and her sous chefs Gracie and Beth (SassBrassNBullets.com) whipped up scrumptious dish after dish. Evidently Amazonian women thrive on cheese dip made with Crisco. As gross as that sounds, it was yummilicous! There was also plenty of good for you eats too, but that cheese dip… Sigh. I am hoping they share the recipes with us on their blogs.
I was super excited to bring my new 9mm M&P Shield to Missouri so the ladies could put it through the paces. I think they shot more rounds through the gun than I have! It ran flawlessly and I am looking forward to carrying it. Definitely ❤❤❤ing the M&P Shield! So, big THANK YOU to Smith & Wesson for both sending me this little gun and for sponsoring the event!
As seen in the video, we got to do a little hunting! I was giddy to get out and try my hand at squirrel and coyote hunting with our PH for the GGG, Marti Davis (WomensOutdoorNews.com). Shelley (Shelley-Rae.com) was the only “non-hunter” ready for the early wake up to head out coyote hunting on the first day and I enjoyed reading her thoughts on our outing. On Day 2, four of us also attempted squirrel hunting that ended up with us playing a little practical joke back at the house involving a butterfly wing we discovered and my S&W Model 41. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard!
And then there was the .50. I have to say, shooting a .50 has been on my wish list for a while so when I heard we would have the chance to shoot one thanks to Barb’s husband, Jason, I was beyond stoked. My reaction? Well, there’s the series of images below, but if I had to put it into words, the anticipation is much like how I remember feeling as a kid waiting in line for my first ride on a roller coaster at Darien Lake in upstate New York. The physical reaction, the concussion, blast and experiencing that kind of power, is so similar to being flung around, twisted and twirled on a coaster. Afterwards my mind screamed… Ahhh! I MUST do that again! And I did! And just like the second time on a back to back ride I was thinking, OK…. Yeah, that was really cool, but my head kinda hurts. Aaaaand, I need a break for a bit! Wow!
Leading up to our weekend, some of our followers immediately inquired (or more like pleaded) with us to have a pillow fight. After some discussion, we decided to fulfill their fantasy and an epic pillow battle was added to the agenda. I ❤ our version. It’s probably not what they were expecting but I think it’s WAY better…
As seen on JulieG.TV we had a lot of fun with blowing things up, from chickens (dead ones) to pillows. One of my favorite explosive moments was the [insert deep, ominous voice] WALL… OF… FIRE!!!!! A very special thank you to the Missouri University of Science and Technology and Dr. Bomb for making this possible!
While we were on our GGG, barely getting any sleep I might add, the ladies were taking notes and even blogging! Natalie (GirlsGuidetoGuns.com) kicked off coverage with her post Girls Gun Getaway Day 1. Anette gave a chronological recap of the goings on at the getaway in a four part series of posts. You can read the first one here and keep going from there.
Gracie also put together a piece with photos recapping her experience. I ❤ this quote from Gracie’s post:
“As women we have needs, and some of those needs are: food, caffeine, ammo, and accessories.” Gracie of PackingPretty.com
Gabby (ArmedCandy.net) wrote a piece titled Friends in Arms. I ❤ and couldn’t agree with her sentiments more…
“We met as, competitors, hunters, bloggers, teachers, spokeswomen, writers, sisters, but most importantly, just gun-loving gals and instant friends.” Gabby of ArmedCandy.net
Barbara of Women’s Outdoor News could be counted on for the behind the scenes details. I ❤ how her post featured photos and fun/funny tidbits of info on each of the girls. Speaking of Women’s Outdoor News, the WON’s latest feature in the Women Gun Bloggers series was fellow GGG comrade Beth Cowgill AKA SassBrassNBullets.com. ❤’d reading the interview posted here.
More links I’m ❤’n… Check out Lacey Duffy’s profile at NRAWomen.TV, especially the answers to her Q&A. Lacey joined us for the GGG and I am so glad I had the chance to meet and spend time with her. Oh, and if you’re a woman of the NRA, you can submit your very own profile too! Even more NRA goodness, the GGG made it to NRA News! Here’s the link to the interview with Cam Edwards.
And to close things out, Kenn Blanchard of Urban Shooter Podcast also covered the event with photos, video and an excerpt from his podcast. Head over here to see it. Gunmart Blog and Ammoland also teamed up for coverage and a who’s who at the GGG. Huge thanks to all for sharing and giving some link ❤ on the #GirlsGunGetaway too!
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