How I was a bad a** at the gun range

Who looks the most awkward? Yup, me. ©CraigNyman

Do you see me? Yes, I’m the one in the blue very awkwardly holding her first shot gun. Even little Swanky Dietician in the middle looks more comfortable than me. (Terissa to my left outlasted everybody — but she does have police work in her past.) I was a disaster. We rolled up to Pro Gun Club after an awesome day of off-roading, during a day of adventure organized by Galavantier. I had no idea what I was getting into. A lot of guys come to Vegas and go to the gun range, and I never got why. So today, I was going to find out. Our first stop was the shot guns, and they were every bit as awful as I expected. I had never held a gun in my life, and I was shaking all over. Then the darn thing was so heavy! You had to load it twice, shut it, and shoot at the clay disks coming in at various angles. I was so nervous that I never even got loaded up until everyone else had shot. And I didn’t want to shoot alone. So I didn’t last very long, but it was quite all right. I was just there to wrap my brain around the whole gun range thing, not to actually enjoy it.

Or so I thought.

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Zip-lining in the Desert: Flightlinez

Flightlinez Bootleg Canyon

Our fearless zip-lining group (I’m on the left). ©JoAnna Haugen

As you might guess from the name of my blog, sporty I am not. But occasionally my thirst for doing new things outweighs my commonsense about my own lack of athletic ability, and off I go. This time: zip-lining with Flightlinez at Bootleg Canyon in Boulder City (about 20 minutes outside of town). I figured it couldn’t be as scary as the time I chickened out on a challenge course at Miraval Spa, and I survived skiing for the first time this past winter (also a what-you-didn’t-know-Vegas-offered excursion)… so let’s go!

The thing I didn’t take into account: the almost hurricane-force winds that roared all night. I shrugged it off — they’ll cancel if it gets too bad, right?! As I soon learned: wrong!

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