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BOW – Crossbow and knots

Posted Jul 02 2013 6:30pm

Thanks for reading this month’s AIM post!

Back to Becoming an Outdoors Woman.  I can’t believe how all the soaking rain never happened except overnight.  We totally lucked out since we had a lot of rain before and it is now raining this week.  I had packed for rain for all the classes and it was dry.  It was, however, extremely hot and humid!  My hair was frizzed out the whole weekend LOL!

Silver Bay is actually a YMCA ‘camp’ or resort.  It’s in the Adirondacks, but certainly not rustic.  Here is the inn – or main building.

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This was where my sister and I lodged.

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Nice inside.

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There are no TVs anywhere (which is nice).  Phone service is terrible, though.  People would gather around the flag pole to check their phones where cell service came in.  There was internet available, though, go figure.

Saturday was Beginning Crossbow.  I am not much for shooting sports. I grew up with a gun family and my sister and BIL hunt, as do some of my in-laws and even my 14-year-old niece just got her license. I actually was certified for hunter ed and had my own gun when I was younger, but I never shot anything living.  I much more prefer to shoot with a camera now as I decided I don’t care for guns anymore.

Anyway, I have always liked archery and the crossbow class is a new addition to the BOW workshop.

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After a history lesson and safety instructions, we headed out to the archery range.  We were actually using the green bags for targets as the power of the crossbow shoots right through those round targets (eep!)

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We also had a few 3D targets:

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The balloons were put on later for an accuracy challenge to pop.  We started with the light weight crossbow – 45 pounds (weight of pull, not crossbow).

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See what I mean about the hair frizz?  My hair was straight  and smooth when I started the day!  My sister was one of the instructors for this class.  She was hanging over my shoulder:

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It was easy to get pretty accurate quickly.  We moved from balloons on the targets to little clay disks and then eggs!  The eggs were on golf tees about 15 yards away and I got one!  I was so excited :D  FYI – the crossbow has no kick at all, pretty much like shooting a regular bow.

Now I am ready for the Zombie Apocalypse!

The last class was one on knot tying.  I either tie a knot that doesn’t hold or becomes a Gordian knot, so I thought this would be very good for me.

We were taught the most useful knots and here is my tying of some of them.

Slip knot:

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Taut line (very useful!):

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Trailer hitch – super useful especially if you are tying something down on the top of the car:

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Then we went around to different stations and had to follow little scenarios like this:

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There was a tarp up in the room, but I didn’t get a picture.  Knots are just cool looking, too.  If you want to tie any knot – decorative or useful, go to animatedknots.com

Another good weekend at BOW!  It will be in a different location next year, so I may not be able to go. We shall see.

If you have one in a nearby state (or your own), I encourage you to go. There are so many different classes and you are in a very supportive environment to go outside of your comfort zone (sometimes waaaay outside)  and try something you never thought you would.

Ending with another fun shot I took on the property:

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