Pull !

Since absolutely nothing happened today, and we never even left the rig, I thought I’d finish up with one of our last two days on our Illinois trip.

Recapping Sunday, May 24th.

For the first time in what seems like months, we got to sleep in here at the motel. Really nice for a change. Then a little after 11, we had lunch at the Arby’s across the street. We always enjoy eating at Arby’s, so I don’t know why we don’t do it more often.

About 1pm we drove over to a nearby park to celebrate our great-niece Gwen’s 12th birthday.

Gwen's 12th

She’s a real cutie, and smart as a whip.

Gwen's 12th 2

Wrapping up the party, we zoned out at the motel for a while. Then Jan and I made a Wal-Mart stop before heading down to her sister Debbie’s for the afternoon for a big family get-together .

A bunch of us went up to the top of the hill where Debbie’s husband Jim has a shooting range laid out.

Jim Shooting 1

Set up for pistol, rifle and skeet, we shot a little of everything.

Jim Shooting 2a

Even Gwen, the birthday girl, put some rounds through the .22 rifle

Jim Shooting 3

The only thing I had with me was my Ruger LCP .380, but I did run through a couple of magazines. Every time I shoot my LCP, I kick myself for not ordering the Sweet Pea III trigger upgrade for both ours. (Jan has one too.)  The trigger pull on these is just too long to be comfortable. You really have to concentrate to resist jerking the trigger too fast because of the long pull.

But even with this problem, the LCP is still a nice shooting little gun, and pretty accurate. I was able to keep all my shots on the paper at 25 yards (well, a couple were just barely on), which is really outside what you would normally call the useful range of this gun. But still fun.

Later in the afternoon we all gather for an old fashioned hot dog cook out.

Cookout 1

It was good to be able to get everyone all in one place (Except for Chris, Linda, and Piper. They weren’t able to make the trip up from Houston)

Cookout 2

Afterwards the kids went down to the pond to feed the fish.

Cookout 3

Finally about dark Jan and I made our way back to the motel to rest up for another busy day tomorrow (Memorial Day).

Well, this wraps up our second to the last day on our Illinois trip. Next up, how we spent Memorial Day lazing on the Mississippi River.


Thought for the Day:

“Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” – C. S. Lewis