This gathering of armed citizens and their aristocratic dogs has been going on for close to 20 years. Its motto is something like search and destroy prior to grins over unhealthy food and a certain small ration of good whiskey.
Every annual session leaves a special memory. This year it came from our friend Dan who shared the Camp J Transient Officers Quarters with my son, grandson, and four-leggers Ruby and Storm. Dan suffered a minor thumb cut Thursday -- something about a small mishap with the action of his OU gun. Over Friday morning coffee he told me he would be leaving early because the wound had been badly exacerbated. I asked for details.
Well, I was rearranging dogs in the sleeping bag and ...
And if that doesn't perfectly capture the flavor of these things, nothing does.
One more, almost as good.
I have an intricate range box, the product of my late father's creative mind and careful workmanship. When my youngest heir and assign, age 17, opened it he found a three-screw Ruger Single-Six, a Colt Huntsman, and a GI Colt 1911A1.
I allowed as how we still had enough daylight to run back out to the countryside for a spot of handgun practice and asked him to pick a pistol. Whereupon: "Let's just take the whole box."
Is that a well-trained lad or what?