Lagging Behind on Goals

I am lagging behind on my outdoor goals this year.  Every year, I swear I will shoot more, reload more and camp more.  I’m 1/3 of the way through the year, and have barely done any of these things.

I don’t see myself doing any of them in the next couple of months either, as I will be on the road quite a bit.  I might squeeze in some camping, but it’s hard to say.

I missed air rifle practice tonight and the Civilian Marksmanship Program this weekend.  The next CMP will be in the fall.  Supposedly, my fall will be busier than my spring, so I don’t know if I’ll get to many of them or not.

I am a little disappointed in myself.

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Air Rifle Practice and Geocaching

I finally made it to air rifle practice.  This was the first time in quite a few weeks where I have been able to attend practice.  I shot from the standing position, and my scores were mediocre.  I have updated the air rifle practice page with my scores.

After air rifle practice, I got a call from two of my students who wanted to go geocaching on campus.  I had already found the geocache back in September, but decided I would tag along as well.  They found the cache in just a few minutes, and we all signed the log.

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Missed Air Rifle Practice

I missed air rifle practice again tonight.  I wasn’t feeling well, and so I probably would not have shot well anyhow.

I am falling behind on my shooting goals.  I will need to step up my game and attend air rifle more often.

Next week, it will definitely happen.  No more excuses.  Unfortunately, I see that I have a tag called “excuses” that I have apparently used before…

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Geocaching and Site-Seeing in Utah

I went on a road trip with several of my students to a conference in Provo, UT.  We left Socorro, NM, and drove through very rural NM, CO, and UT.

On the way there, the weather was rainy and windy.  We were also in a rush to get to the first event of the conference.

On the way home, one car rushed back, but my car took our time.  We first stopped in Moab, UT, where I have been many times.  After lunch, we walked around downtown, finding one geocache.  One of the students had done geocaching as a kid, and was happy to learn that there was an app for finding them.

After that, we drove a little farther.  We climbed up to the opening of Wilson’s Arch.  Most of us had the wrong shoes, but we made it up there.

After that, we made one more stop by the Beehive just before reaching Monticello, UT.

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Medicine for the Soul

With all the anti-gun stuff happening, I have been quite depressed.  At several of my schools, the topic has come up too often.  I have been asked which students have guns or concealed carry permits.  I’ve heard “nobody needs an AR-15” a few too many times.

Today, I had a great conversation with several of my students about the handloads they are working up.  One had just returned from a shooting match in Arizona, and three others were discussing what they had done in reloading class.

Perhaps the world hasn’t gone completely mad.  Perhaps there are a few more of us than I thought.

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Geocaching This Weekend

I took a road trip down to Deming, NM, and then a little farther, crossing into Palomas, Mexico.  I decided to do some geocaching on this trip.

The first geocache I found was near my hotel, by the entrance to an RV park.  This geocache had some trinkets, but I brought none to leave, so I took none.  It was hidden near an old piece of farm equipment.

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The second geocache was found in the Pink Store, just across the border in Mexico.  This marks my first international geocache.  It was very cleverly hidden.  This geocache also had trinkets, but I brought none to trade.

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Air Rifle Practice

I had a very short session of air rifle practice last night. It was sandwiched between two online tutoring opportunities. The session was so short that I did not even have a chance to claim my targets. I literally shot to practice, but then did not finish an entire relay, and left before it was time to collect targets.

Even so, there is something important about getting the sight picture each time. Feeling where everything aligns and taking the shot. I could tell, through the spotting scope, that I was doing well in the prone position, with tight groups and several X’s. Sitting was a little sloppier, though the gas cylinder was starting to empty, and my shots were stringing downwards.

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