Bull Run Shooting Range and I was given a quick lesson by the boys on how to handle the gun and the rules of shooting. I was extremely glad I was with them, they're all very experienced and responsible so I felt safe with them. I've shot various rifles and pistols but not a shot gun so I was looking forward to this.
Obviously my first shot went a little wild and I initially felt a little overwhelmed, trying to grasp the newness of aiming with a strange gun, but having seen there were also a lot of misses from the other shooters, my confidence grew and I was almost disbelieving when I hit my first clay. Our scores were called out and I was last with 7, but I walked on air. I really hadn't thought I'd get any. The others praised me and if I had been a gorilla I would have stood tall and beat my chest but I just looked down and credited my score to beginners luck.
We left the range, grateful to get out of the intense heat and humidity, and after saying goodbye to Brian, the three of us decided to visit some local breweries.
Heritage Brewery in Manassas, so that was our first stop. A very friendly place with a superb chalk artist's work on display and great use of old pallets being evident in tables and chairs. There was no AC but at least it was shady inside and we gratefully pulled up high chairs to the cool concrete counter. We were all starving and because the brewery didn't sell food, they showed us a book of local delivery menus and within 15 minutes we were stuffing a superb pizza. The Kings Mountain Scottish ale was a wonderful accompaniment to our pepperoni and mushroom slices.
BadWolf Brewing Company, a tiny place with just a few tables and chairs, but known to have folks standing shoulder to shoulder when busy. I had the Fuggin Good Gold, a delicious golden ale that was perfect for this hot steamy day. It was also nice to be inside with some AC blasting across the room. I noticed they carried a few Route 11 chip flavors and recommended the dill flavor to the owner who said he'd get some in. We finally decided to leave the wonderful cool air and make a last stop at my favorite brewery, Old Bust Head.
Then back to Steve's where the boys struck a quick pose for me with their guns. Hopefully not too long before I join them!