The last time I went to USA was 1983 so when last year I received an invitation to my Cousins wedding in California major planning started.
Sadly the trip is tinged with sadness as I split up from my long term partner 6 weeks before the trip, however after some extremly fraught times I took my 20 yr old son with me (hang the expenense).
I have two cousins one lives in North Washington so we flew into Seattle and were picked up from the main airport. Within 1 hour we were in Cabelas on route. Well that was an experience for a start. Got 2 boxs of 6mm 87 vmax for $21 box 90 grn Nosler at $18 box 50 and lots more stuff.
Turns out my cousin lives in the most amasing huge swiss chalet type house overlooking lake Whatcom which is south of Bellingham. Bald eagles and ospreys soaring past speed boat on the lake and black tail deer in the garden. Just could not believe it. Wonderfull weather. It reminded me of Switzerland.
We had an action packed week off road quad riding, I got on a trial bike first time in 30 yrs, off roading in 2 customised jeeps up lumber trails in the mountains, float tubing and son learnt to water ski/wave board.
I was given a tour of Bellinghams gun shops and then on route home we stopped in a pretty quiet place. I walked into what looked like a medium size supermarket and found myself in what transpired to be the best gun shop in Washington state.
I was in awe. I had never seen so much ammo in my life, enough to supply a small army. There was absolutely everything from pistol up to .50 BMG and huge rare African big game loads (Lott). Reloading gear to die for and 6 tubs of Varget on the shelf. Specialist .222 mag Honady loads the lot.
It was impossible to take in what was there.
More to follow + pics I hope