I've been around horses all morning, so you can click the pics, just be careful where you step.
When I got to the mounted shooting arena there was only a handful of folks there. And they told me they were just practicing for the big day tomorrow.
I went to Albertson grocery store this morning, where I actually saw an empty shelf or two. This is the first time I've noticed an empty shelf in a grocery store since the pandemic first hit. It didn't look like they were out of that product; they just didn't have that particular product brand.
Then I went across the road to Home Depot and picked up a few wall anchors so I could screw things to the wall in the bronco. The walls of the bronco are so thin they won't hold a screw without an anchor in it.
By 9 o'clock, I was back home at Ben Avery, so I stopped at the office and picked up an Amazon package. I bought a new headset since my old ones were giving me some problems, and without a reliable headset, I can't dictate my blog. Of course, I could type it, but that would take all day and part of the night, so dictating it is so much quicker and easier.
I guess that's one of the advantages of being near a big city. I ordered the headset from Amazon about 3 p.m. yesterday, and it was delivered before 9 o'clock this morning. But, of course, the downside of that is Amazon is putting the brick-and-mortar stores out of business, which in the long run is probably not a good idea.
But before I went back to my boondocking site and put the top up on the camper, I drove down the road about a quarter-mile to the mounted shooting arena and watched the folks practice for some kind of a big deal contest tomorrow. I snapped a few pictures for today's blog, and they told me tomorrow there will be over 100 riders here shooting at balloons, and that would be the day to watch..... So I know what I'm going to be doing tomorrow.
The first thing the contestants do is put the target balloons in the stand. After each person shoots, the balloons have to be replaced. For the contest tomorrow I assume they will be using the automatic balloon dispensers. These gadgets sense when the balloon breaks and automatically blows up a new balloon for the riders to shoot at.
The next thing they do is slowly walk the horses around the arena while the contestants point at the targets there going to shoot. I guess this helps the horses know where to go, and builds muscle memory in the shooters gun hand.
This lady has obviously mistaken my head for a balloon, and she's not the first one to make that mistake. Fortunately her finger wasn't loaded but I moved over a little bit just so she would miss.
After all thats over, the contestants run around shooting everything in sight... I stayed out of sight as much as possible
There going to start shooting at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning.... I can't wait