The fourth day of the trip the weather was pretty crummy. Rain and fog, kind of the usual you expect for the time of year and BC. Nearer the end of the day however it stopped and my brother wanted to take me out and show me some more places. So we went out in his little pickup truck and offroaded our way up some sketchy roads, the ‘short cut’ to Mosquito Lake. We took the normal way home, but it wasn’t nearly as interesting. The lake itself was almost as smooth as Duffey Lake, almost as though British Columbia has never heard of a thing called the wind. The ripples that did appear in the water were only a side effect of walking on the dock to take this photo.
Later that day as the sun was about to set my brother took me out again to do the thing he’d been wanting to do the entire time I was there. Take me out shooting. I’d never shot a gun before and I didn’t really have that huge of an interest in them. And I’ll be honest, I was little bit scared of them. My brother pulls out his SKS rifle of some kind shows me how to use it as he’s firing off a couple rounds. So loud. You could hear it echo off the mountains so many times. I shot the gun 3-4 times and still kind of scared of it and frustrated thought I was done and would just watch the rest of them shoot. Nope. His roommate calls me over and says I’m going to learn how to use his 12-gauge shotgun now and that we’re going to shoot some clays.
My brother throws a clay in the air, I miss. He throws another one, I miss. Thinking that this is going to be a waste of someones bullets I say I’m done, and once again they’re all like no, you’re going to finish what’s in the gun. I hit the next three in a row. We rotated through a bunch of times and shot and missed a whole bunch and by the end of it I was having a blast. The guns were easy to use, they were easy to be safe with, I was no longer scared of them. I felt a little bad at the end though, my brother had wanted to show me his SKS and I essentially gave up on it after 3-4 shots. Sure we didn’t have any targets, but the truth of it, when I was using his gun I was still scared of it and wanted away. I should have asked to shoot a couple more using his at the end. Oh well something to do when I go back.
Oh yes, that’s not all, there were some pumpkins lying around, so we shot those and I took some photos.