The first major event of the year was shockingly hot but a good event over all. We had some new people join us for this event and they each did a wonderful job. Everyone worked hard, gave it there all, and had a fun time.
We shot five new YouTube videos that will be coming out over the coming weeks, the Skipper gave two talks at the pavilion about Sharpshooter history, Pvt. Severson and the Skipper participated in the Memorial Day ceremony, and we had some great tintypes made. The company cleaning kit made its first appearance and seemed to really help everyone and keep the rifles in top shape. We have so many bayonets now, that we're still trying to catch up at getting stacking arms perfect.
I'll be watching the weather forecast carefully leading up to Union Gap. If it's as hot or hotter than it was at Spokane I'll be encouraging everyone to bring extra socks and comfortable modern clothes to change into after hours. Health and safety supersede historical immersion. I'll also plan on bringing a treat for company bath time that everyone should enjoy. Melissa and I will continue to have Zip Fizz rations for everyone. If the heat looks to be really bad, I'll consider bringing an extra cooler just filled with ice for everyone to cool off with over the weekend.
The battles were alright. There was a lot less time running up and down the hill as in past years which wasn't necessarily a bad thing. Camp layout was bungled again but I think that's just becoming the thing with Spokane. Get there early or have your company stacked up like cord wood.
Union Gap is fast approaching, so I hope everyone continues to take good care of themselves, work on their physical fitness, and come ready for some fun. Speaking of fun, this will be our company's first time marching with our flag in the parade! It'll make that long march so much more worth it. Thank you again to everyone who could make it and for enduring the heat.