Took advantage of a rare coincidence today with that being a nice day and a day off to go do some drills. I found an old gravel quary that was about 800 yards up a spur off the main BLM road. Once you turn off the main road you pretty much have to drive to the end where there is a turn around loop. I was parked up at the turn around loop. After doing some short distance pistol and AR drills I decided to try my hand at a torso sized target out at about 150 yards. I had my empty pistol on me and two empty mags, my target stand, and target ... my hands were full. I had left my AR on the tailgate of my truck. Just as I get to the cut bank at the last turn heading up to the quary a beat up old Accord and a Jeep with a beater old camp trailer behind pulled up. Instead of stopping they just kept on chugging by me. The Accord had 3 people in it: a guy and gal in their late teens or early 20's and the driver was a hard looking, tweaked out, "woman" possibly in her 50's but looked about 70. My gut said meth heads. The guy pulling the trailer might have been in his early to mid 20's. All the players were some scraggly looking folks. My initial response was to get my 3 curious pooches out of the way as they went by me. Are your bells and whistles going off yet??? Then I remembered that I had left my AR on the tailgate with 3 full mags right with it. So there I am feeling like a giant vulnerable idiot. They must have thought I was tweaking because as soon as I realized that they could get up to my truck at the turn around loop before me I was sprinting up the road next to the Accord doing my darndest to beat them. Thank God the Accord was going slow enough due to the rough road and the fact that my 14 year old Golden decided that just trotting in front of the car was good enough for her. I no sooner get there than the Accord parks right behind my truck and the "women" gets out of her car. Why??? Why not just drive the loop and leave???? At any rate, I grab the AR, step back behind my truck aways so I can see both her car and the camper guy start making his way around the loop. She starts quizzing me on how long I planned to stay, if I was camping, where was I shooting, what was I shooting, etc. Already long story made short: they left but all parties were really checking me out as they did so. Lessons: 1. As a state trooper friend has told me keep your sidearm loaded ALWAYS when in the mountains. You never know if someone is watching you waiting until you are dry to come take your stuff. 2. Don't leave guns and ammo out for easy pickings no matter how remote you might feel or remote the chances are that someone will happen upon you. 3. Sometimes the immediate environment will make it hard to keep everyone in sight. Keep your head on a swivel. 4. Be polite. Start thinking about how you need to move and maintain cover if things go south of cheese.