We were up about 7:00 am, had a danish for breakfast while we performed our normal morning routine – check emails, text messages and Facebook. Shortly after 8:00 am Michael went out to start his chores. The average person wouldn’t need as much time as Michael but he’s quite particular about wiping down the water hose, electrical cord and even the leveling blocks if they need it.
Our goal was to leave the park about 10:00 am and we ended up pulling out about 9:45. Before pulling out we called Kevin, our old service guy, and were told that they had room for us in the Karnes City yard. Woohoo! Just what I was hoping for… He told us that someone would give us a call when they had a gate for us.
The trip south to Karnes City took about an hour and twenty minutes and was uneventful although we could definitely tell when we started getting closer to the oil patch as we saw several rigs, pump jacks, sand trucks and other oil field equipment.
We easily got backed into our site and as we were unhitching the camper on our off-door side started pulling up stakes. It was three females and they were on their way to a new gate. Didn’t sound like they were ready to go back as one said she was tired and needed more rest.
By noon we were settled in and even had the satellite dish up and running. Now we just rest up (making sure to get plenty of sleep and time together) in anticipation of our first gate. Had to remind myself to be ready for the dust and the dirt too…ugh. Oh well…it is what it is.
We weren’t here 15 minutes and the phone at the business across the street was ringing! Sure didn’t miss that. If I haven’t told you about it yet I guess now’s the time. The company is an oilfield supply company called Knox and you gotta know that since we’re in the middle of the oilfield that phone rings quite often and is pretty darn load if we can hear it across busy highway 181.
Since we don’t know how long it will be before we are able to enjoy a meal out together we went out for a late lunch. We drove over to Lazy J Bar B Q in Kenedy as we’ve enjoyed their food in the past. The restaurant is only open from 10-3 and by the time we got there shortly after 1:00 they were already sold out of chicken and ribs. I’d normally go with the ribs but under the circumstances I tried the pulled pork and brisket – both were very good but the pork was excellent.
Just after sitting down I noticed a guy seated by himself that looked familiar. When he turned around and I got a good look…sure enough….it’s was Eric one of our old guagers! Nice guy and one of my favorites. We got caught up and ended our conversation with hopes of seeing each other on a job soon.
As we were getting into the truck to leave I got a phone call from our old safety guy, Hans. He’d seen on Facebook that we were out for lunch and was just down the road and was on his way to see us. When he arrived we went inside, sat at a table and visited until the restaurant was ready to close at 3:00 pm.
It was a nice was to be greeted back to the oil patch….seeing two of our favorite guys within the first couple of hours of being back!
Michael got a phone call back from Dr. Guerra’s office this afternoon to give him the results of the biopsy that was taken from the polyp that he found during his colonoscopy last Friday. Thankfully, everything was normal.
It’s kinda sad to see our ‘summer vacation’ come to an end. We were SO blessed to be able to spend time with both of our sons, their wives and all 4 of our grandbabies, 6 of our 8 siblings, Michael’s mom (our only living parent), aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, past co-workers, neighbors and school friends. It went a little too fast for my taste but am so glad we were able to do it. Now I just count down the days until we are reunited with our boys, their girls and ALL 4 grandbabies as we have yet to have them all together at the same time. 85 DAYS!!