Guilt and guns (Drive Day 9 minus 14 years)

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Annie Oakley has nothing on Nancy Gravelot. She’s the 72-year-old, legal gun-owning friend of my sister-in-law trying her best to get me to ditch the gun I’m smuggling under the floorboards of the Avion. When I confess to never firing a weapon in my life she insists on teaching me basic gun safety and taking me to an outdoor firing range.

Prescott, AZ – photo by Carol Geboy

I’m so nervous I hurl in the scruffy bushes. I come nowhere near the silhouetted bad guy. Because I’m the bad guy. I know this but I can’t back down. Not even when Nancy triple wraps the gun, bullets and cleaning fluid in separate Ziploc bags and tells me to hope the border dogs are on vacation when our camper gets searched.

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