Looks like a nice day outside. Yesterday was all heat, humidity, and thunderstorms. I still got a lot of work done before I ran out of energy. Fiddled with the truck some, there were a number of minor issues I wanted to fix . Tried to get my mower going, but couldn't. I cleaned the air filter, checked the fuel line, and the spark plug looked good. I've been trying to keep the meadow cut down with a sling, because it's good exercise, but as the temperatures get hotter, sooner each day, I may have to switch over to the mower.
Friday I did some relaxing out at the river. I don't fish, but I enjoy sitting on the bank and watching the fish swim along the surface. There are some big carp in that river.
I noticed the squirrels use these trash cans as foraging sites. They go down inside the trash can, root around for food, then bring it out and haul it off to their nests. This particular squirrel found some cheese puffs.
Some of the trails are gravel. These are higher up the mountainside.
This is the 1.5 mile loop. It's paved. Originally, it was built for the kids to bike and roller blade on. But the old people complained at the County Commissioners meeting. Not the local oldsters, but the halfway backs. So now no biking or skate boarding is allowed.
I used to bring my kids here , to this meadow in the park, so they could fly their kites. That's been a while back, but I still see families flying kites here sometimes.
This creek flows along the walking trail and eventually runs into the river. Recently the county bought the land on the other side of it by the river, and put in boat launching ramps. They also built an outdoor exercise area for people to use.
Periodically throughout the park, these little gazebo structures give you a place to get out of the rain. They used to have tables and benches in them, but they all got "disappeared". Oddly, at exactly the same time, the trailer parks where our Hispanic neighbors live blossomed with picnic tables and benches. Now there's a gate across the entrance to the park and the Sheriff's deputies lock it at ten p.m.
Recent events on the news have led to a run on ammo at Walmart. They still have plenty of the more common chamberings but the clerk told me they'd sold more this week than in the preceding month. There are six cabinets there, and only these two had anything left in them. Usually they are all full.
In the upper right hand corner is an ammo can of 5.56. It's 420 rounds of federal and they want $172.00 for it. When you add $12.04 tax, it's not a good deal. I bought two of the same cans from Sportsman's Guide for a whole lot less with free shipping and no tax.
I doubt I'll go anywhere today. Sunday in June is a bad time to get out on the road. Better to just stay home and relax inside the house. My son and daughter called to say "Happy Father's Day." I had forgotten it was today, but I appreciated them remembering.
Over the years, I've picked up some odd guns.
One of those is certainly the Tennessee Volunteer Arms "Commando." The gun was made by a very small company. It was based on the Thompson but the dimensions were not exactly the same. The first guns had plastic components that did not hold up, so the later production versions were all steel. They were primarily chambered for .45 ACP, though I have been told some were made for 9mm.
These later production guns used M3 Grease Gun magazines, instead of Thompson magazines. My gun had some feeding problems until I polished the feed ramp, after which it cycled with any .45 ACP I used in it.
The Commando's date from the late sixties, and were only in production for a few years.
The first time we had bears come to the house, and I fired over their heads trying to scare them off, this was the gun I used. It has an impressive muzzle flash and is very loud. Didn't work though. The momma bear and her baby just sat there in the woods, tearing open trash bags and ripping the tops off coke cans so they could get the coke out. Finally had to have the forest service come trap them in a big "catch 'em alive" trap and haul them off to a remote part of Tennessee .
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