Saturday, September 7, 2013
What's out there in the dark?
Sometimes I have to go out at night and see what the dogs are raising cane about. You can tell from how they act whether it's anything serious. Possums or raccoons who come up to eat the cat food only rate a couple of low growls or a woof. Scents that they recognize wafting through the air usually inspire a couple of barks out of a sense of duty, but not much more. Once in awhile though, they go off the deep end with barking, howling and running around in the park pad area whining.
When that happens, I have to get a gun and a flashlight, and go out to see what's going on. I have a massive Ryobi floodlight but it's so heavy it takes up one hand, which leaves me only one hand for whatever rifle or shotgun I have. That doesn't work well. I have thought about getting one of those flashlights that go on the end of a shotgun. The drawback is that if whatever is out in the dark is two legged instead of four, then all they have to do is shoot at the light.
I have red security lights and I have night vision, but the night vision is a monocular and requires you to hold it. The security lights illuminate the area around the buildings but not the meadow or the treeline. That's why I need the hand held flood.
You never know what's out in the dark.