A bit late on the reply here, been a real crap summer for me. I road tripped through NM, AZ, CA, NV, UT, WY and then back through colorado, in that order over the course of 3 weeks. Im looking in the wrong part of the country. The desert sucks in every way imaginable. NM, beautiful, stopped in Raton, stayed a night after having dinner with friends in Santa Fe, too many dirty hippies. Didn't even stop in ABQ, seeing it was enough from the highway before turning my sights west to Tuscon. Much the same in Tuscon, it sucks, hot as all get out at night..I did get to go to the most beautiful public range I have ever seen, $5 to shoot all day at supplied steel. Burned a few thousand rounds between 5 rifles and a fistful of handguns with a buddy from rehab. I kept westward and stopped at my parents place (2nd home) in Palm Springs Ca. Ive been there plenty, done that to death and wouldnt move there if i got paid to do it, stayed a few days and reached my destination in Costa Mesa Ca. I used to live there and theres a good reason we call it Close To Mexico....Witnessed a public spectacle that has to be seen up close to be enjoyed, the ignition of more fireworks than i could have imagined the public could afford. Cemented in my mind that any time spent at Disney Land is a waste of life and better spent pulling weeds or doing manual labor. Got to see some friends, got some ink and headed through Baker into the Mojave Desert, went Wheeling in the dunes with my f150. One of the most beautiful and desolate places I have ever seen. Literally made me cry. Bored and overheated I headed to Parumph, bought some fireworks and headed into the land of the Chosen People (mormons) after a stop in vegas at the Nuclear Weapons Museum. Utah has stunning physical beauty and not much else...Ogden has the best museum in existence, The John Moses Browning Museum with which I have a deep personal tie and got to see what any true Browning enthusiast goes to see, the unreal collection of BHP (if you thought the 1911 you have little taste and experience in my opinion). Exhausted and feeling the need for a real bed and the the feel of my cats fur on my hands, I headed east Via I-80 into the wastelands of Wyoming and stayed a night at a rest stop, wary of people and armed to the teeth lol. Morning brought a short drive to I25, an abrupt right turn and a spin through the northern towns of Colorado before heading home to see the one and only TaCoCaT, master of lazyness and annihilator of soft toys.
In conclusion, Im moving east. Kentucky, Tennessee, Georgia or Virginia, places where my 2A is in tact and deeply respected. Leave the desert to the people who can eek out a living there, im moving where green things grow instead lol.