Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Idaho & Montana Road Trip - Part Two

If you haven't read part one, scroll down and read it first so this part makes a bit more sense.

Daybreak came early and we hadn't really slept very well at the rest area in Vantage, Washington. We got maybe three hours of sleep at best, and it was now time to get on the road as we were still quite a ways behind schedule. We rumbled back out onto I-90 headed east. We were starting to get a little low on fuel, so we stopped just East of Moses Lake for gas, breakfast, and some coffee to see if I could wake up a bit.

The RV had been running fine and the cooling system was holding water without leaking a drop. The rest of the drive from Moses Lake to Coeur D'Alene was uneventful, and for that we were both truly thankful. We turned off the freeway just East of Coeur D'Alene and headed up the Fernan valley past Fernan lake and to the Fernan range where the Eddie Brown Memorial Steel Match was being held the next day.

Clubhouse sign at the Fernan range.

The range was in a narrow steep sided valley, with half of the range on either side of a central grassy area for parking and camping, an absolutely beautiful location. We located a somewhat shady spot and parked the RV for the night. A few other shooters had also pulled in and were setting up their trailers or campers too.

Wonder what sort of reception he gets........

As soon as we parked a bug of some sort landed on the hood of the RV and started walking up the windshield. I've never seen a bug with antennae that long before. I wonder if this far out in the Idaho outback if they need them for reception or something........

Our spot for the night.

All seven stages of the match were set up and we were invited to go practice a bit if we felt like it. It was hot, the horse flies and some sort of small bee were biting us, and we were both exhausted. In spite of that ,we decided to go shoot a few of the stages to make sure the guns were running OK and to get a little familiar with how they were set up.

It's actually a very simple concept; when red dot is on the white plate pull the trigger, not before it's on the plate, and not after. I just couldn't quite get it to happen at the same time. In short, I really sucked! "I sure hope it's just lack of sleep!" I thought.

By then it was getting dark and we were both dead tired, so we conked out for the night.

I think I was unconscious before my head hit the pillow..............

-- End of Part Two --

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At Thursday, July 31, 2008 4:15:00 AM, Blogger TrueBlueSam said...

Cerambycid beetle; they eat wood. The larval stage is the big white grub you find in a tree when you are making firewood. There are lots of species. Also called longhorn beetles.


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