This time of year (July) all my shooting activities cease. In the past I have gone to the desert early in the morning and left by 0800 or gone to an inside range like Caswell's in Mesa. But usually I don't want to shoot that bad unless it's just to function-fire a new carry pistol. Otherwise, I consider the shooting sports a winter activity here in the desert. I really dislike shooting ranges, either indoor or outdoor at any time of year. My preference is to hit the desert on a winter afternoon and either sit on the tailgate of my truck and plink or wander around the beautiful desert with a .22. Sometimes I've gone out into the desert and barely fired a shot. I'm content to just sit there and watch the clouds roll by. I love being out by myself in the peace and quiet. Maybe for me, shooting is just an excuse to get away from the city. I own (mostly inherited) about 30 different firearms, including a full auto submachinegun so many of my friends think I am out shooting year around, but I'm not. I would go up to northern Arizona but don't want to spend the whole day driving from Phoenix. I'm not a camper and don't want to be,so that's out. I guess I'm just rambling on a Sunday night and wanted to stimulate some discussion from other desert rats. Thanks for reading this even though I know I haven't contributed anything of importance.