We slept well after the long drive and big night. Larry made us breakfast and we did some ordering and paid some invoices. Exciting stuff but the business has to keep on ticking over while we are out of the country.
We toured the operational centre of LRS which is very impressive, from nothing five years ago they've come a long way, it's a credit to them both.
Veronica and I went to get some more dry ice as more orders had come in and needed to be packed. Her new caddy is a very nice ride.
After lunch of left over pizza and blackberry pie Larry took us up to his shooting range. He took a snazzy super light weight .22 rifle, a pistol and pistol with a silencer. Given I'd not shot anything since a rifle back about 45 years ago I did ok and could hit some of the targets. Pete had also only ever shot a rifle back when he was in the RAAF so it was an unfamiliar experience for us both to a degree but a fun one.
The DuPont ranch is not huge, about 13 acres but it's gorgeous, it's only a very short drive from a town with everything but tucked away so that most wouldn't even know it was there. They have a couple of beautiful white "walking" horses, a goat, donkey and minature pony. We got our puppy fix from 18yo Ruger the pug, Jackson the English bulldog and jacqui the youngest and smallest of the dogs.
Larry gave us a tour of his collection of carriages. They are in amazing shape considering they are antiques with many having family history. Many had originally belonged to his aunt and he was left them when she died.
Larry made crab soup and crab cakes for dinner then we went to the same bar as last night to see a friend of theirs perform. Jamie had at one stage lived in their rental property and had become a good friend. He clearly has a lot of affection for L & V; they helped him through a difficult time when he was getting divorced and encouraged him to give up his dead end job and perform full time. They bought us a couple of his cds. He was a great performer and was especially good at including kids even going so far as to give one small boy a second guitar for him to "play" along.
It was the chefs birthday and he was partying more than cooking. He came to our table to say hi and check how the food was. He and Larry got talking and they were stirring each other about their seafood cooking skills. Larry said he had king crab legs at home that he was going to cook for us tomorrow night. Brian said bring them to me tomorrow and i will cook them for you and your family, you just pay your bar tab. He brought us out three plates of a new wing recipe he'll be doing from next week, that was in response to us saying the wings we'd had the night before were good but Hayden prefers some with the sauce on them. We told him to give one plate to another table cos we couldn't possibly eat three, as it was we took most of one plate home for Hayden to try.
It was a fun night, quite a few drinks and lots of laughs. Back at the ranch there were a few more drinks and laughs before we all headed off to our beds.