After all the xmas cheer, food, games, we all decided to catch alittle shoot’n time out in the mountains of the Northwest…..We have only about 1/2 hour to some fantastic places that can be gotten to with just a little luck, that being the gate open…….this gate is the same one that was closed when we wanted to go mushroom hunting the later part of Sept and Oct when it was still fire season…….No can do,……..luckily it was over a short time after we tried the first time and still open when we tried to get past on Friday…….there were 8 of us willing to get going by late in the morning and found some extra shells at the local gun store to take with us. We planned on us not having to hurry and taking our time shooting what we wanted but some of our group had other relatives that they were going to meet around 4pm so that gave us a little bit of a time frame to adhere to …..but we had plenty of time so that didn’t hinder us at all……..
We started out with some light fog in town and as we started up the mountain, it got thicker……a few miles up the road, all up hill, thicker yet but as we approached the summit, partly cloudy skies with blue parts showing through could be seen to the south……..we were looking for a quarry that would give us plenty of room and no chance of anyone else around……..but to our left, there was a clear cut with a small trail in and a turn around at the end of it …….perfect! Also north facing hills looking right at us, most of the trees had been cut some years ago and it hadn’t been replanted yet…….we could put targets up on the old stumps and shoot for a bunch of hours………..no fog here and it was about noon…..Surely it would only get better!………….We had two teenagers that couldn’t wait to get their hands on these guns so they went first……
But pretty soon, the fog started to set in, little by little……….
some had gotten new guns for Christmas so a perfect time to try them out……..
I brought my 308 deer rifle for some practice…..
Now it was starting to mist heavily so we decided it was time to get going………we satisfied our need to shoot for awhile, so we picked up all our casings and blown up targets and paper and started our way back down the mountain……good times
Happy Trails!! MJ