down on the farm

Back home in Missouri for the holidays, we headed out of the "big city" (Springfield, of course) and drove southwest to the boonies for a little pre-Christmas Eve country celebration. First up was a lesson in clay-pigeon shotgun shooting. I was two for five...a pretty good record, if I do say so myself. Then we piled in pickup trucks and some sort of 4WD golf cart on steroids that looked like it was going into battle in Afghanistan and drove down to the levee to watch the ducks come home for the night. It was freezing, but it was worth it to see so many groups of ducks fly in from all directions and land in the water at sunset.

Lucas showing us how it’s done before we all took turns shooting (top left); Seb turned out to be a good shot – beginner’s luck, I’m sure (top right); Lucas giving Raine a lesson in holding the gun (above); Skyler also proved to be not bad – she hit her first two (below left); ducks coming in for the night (below and bottom) 

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