It was almost my bedtime but I did manage to get outside and take a couple shots of the BIG Moon. It sure was beautiful……here it is as it came over our neighbors house.
There were some neat colors surrounding it.
I didn’t get any real good pictures of it since I didn’t take the time to set up my tripod or get out the real good camera. These pictures are a little hazy....but it was BIG and it was BEAUTIFUL.
We haven’t taken the time to go out in our back yard in the desert and do any riding much this year. We just have had so much going on but our time is getting short and we decided to take a little ride yesterday.
Here we are looking back across the canyon at North Ranch…..
There are hundreds of trails out here and they all lead to somewhere. This time of the year almost everybody is gone and we have the entire place all to ourselves…. Beautiful peace and quiet. Way back in the background is "Round Mountain".
We do share the place with quite a few head of cattle. It is so hot and dry here, I feel sorry for them down here. As you can see they are already searching out every little bit of shade they can find. I bet cattle here are born hungry and remain that way all their lives. I sure don’t see much for them to eat…….nor do I see any fat ones. They do have water tanks scattered out for them to get water but I have never seen any supplement of hay brought in for them to eat. There are also several head of horses out here this year. In the real heat of the summer it must be real tough for them. The cows back home in SD and Florida don’t know how well they have it. Life would be real tough out here for live stock. It's pretty barren. As Nick Russell of the Gypsy Journal said in his blog today, "The desert has a beauty all of its own, but everything out here will either scratch, stick, sting, or bite you."
Whenever I’m out riding, I always think of Gina. I just have to stop and pick up a rock or two in her honor. She always carried back a ton of pretty rocks…
While we were out, of course, we had to stop by our little private shooting range. We haven't been able to go to the Range lately because it's been closed down for maintenance. So we decided to get a little practice in out here.
Ms Pat loves her Glock and as you can see, she is no slouch with it. A pretty good pattern with all but one shot in the bull's eye circle…..
She also likes to shoot the AR 15, 223. It's fun to shoot and has a red dot scope on it. I have it pretty well zeroed in where if you just put the little red dot on the bulls eye and squeeze, you’ll be dead on!
Of course, I had a new gun myself I wanted to get a little more familiar with…..
It shoots pretty good but the trigger pull is not as smooth as my Glock. Maybe I can work on that a little. Most of it is just being used to a gun, and we've been shooting our Glocks quite a lot this winter. It's always fun to shoot something different but it sure is nice to get back to something you're comfortable with. This pistol is a Taurus. Nice but I believe I’ll take my Glock!! We shot over 100 rounds....now I better get back to the "reloader". I was trying out some new gunpowder that is not quite as “hot”, hoping we can eliminate some of the leading of the barrels. We will see.
Speaking of Gina, she is back in NJ helping Ashley, her daughter, with Jolee, the new grandbaby. Ashley's husband Parker had to fly back to Grenada where he is finishing up his medical degree. She sent me this picture of Little Jolee on her first shopping trip. She is only 11 days old and they already have her out there shopping. LOL! Isn’t she a cute little sweetheart?
It was a GREAT WEEK as we continue to thank our Father for all his wonderful Blessings…
Thanks for stopping by and we hope to see you again soon. Our time at North Ranch is winding down as in less than 3 weeks we will be heading for the Hills. The beautiful BLACK HILLS that is.
God Bless you all.
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