We have certainly enjoyed the last 24 hours! With a total of just 116 vehicles it was a pretty light day. Our last vehicle went through the gate and 8:15 pm last night and we didn’t have anyone else until 5:00 am this morning! Michael even slept in bed last night, fully clothed with is safety vest on…just in case! He also brought the bell in the house so we’d be sure to hear it if it did go off. Thankfully, it didn’t go off!
Today has been slow as well and we are enjoying the down time as we know that it will pick back up tomorrow. By 9:00 am we only had 7 vehicles pass through the gates and 6 of those were our shift workers! I took a trip into Kenedy this afternoon to pick up a few groceries, mail a letter and pick up some pizza from Pizza Hut. I also deployed a few Munzees too! I stumbled upon a few that I was able to cap too! It’s been a long time since we done any Munzeeing but I hope to slowly get back to it!
While I was out I took a short drive to see where the gate that we almost moved to was and spoke briefly with the female half of the gate guarding team. They’re an older couple living in a pull-behind trailer and have been gate guarding for 3 years.
On the way there I ran across a ‘pond’ along the side of the road and thought it was interesting. These ponds are man-made and provide the water for the frac process. They could be used for other parts of the oil process too…but that I don’t know for sure. It’s interesting to look at Google Maps on the satellite view of the area around Kenedy you can see LOTS of frac ponds. They’re bright aqua blue and almost look like a swimming pool but much larger.
I also came across and old building not far from us that I found interesting. These old dilapidated buildings are so full of character and have their own stories to tell. Wish I knew the stories that this one holds.
The coiled tubing arrived about 6:00 pm and a pump and crane arrived a bit later. I don’t know what else is needed but I think that they’re pretty much ready to roll now. Now we’ll just wait and see what tomorrow holds. By the time that the coiled tubing arrived we’d logged just 40 vehicles passing through the gate. It was almost like having the weekend ‘off’! We really enjoyed it and will be ready to get back to work when things start moving again.
Michael used the downtime today to put the mat back out and stake it down. He didn’t stake it down before and when the rain & ice came a few days ago he put it away so it wouldn’t blow away.
One of the tips we got from friends that have gate guarded in the past was to invest in rope lights. Why you might ask? Mice are pretty prevalent in the desolate areas of the oil patch and it seems that the little rascals don’t dare cross over that string of rope lights. The lights must go around the outside of the land jacks so that the little buggers can’t climb up the legs and get inside. They’re also left on 24 hours a day. We haven’t yet seen any indication of mice but we’ve got the lights just in case!