Fric’n Frac!

Posted by on January 30, 2015

We had some errands to run this morning so we left the house about 8:45 am, making our first stop at the Donut Palace in Karnes City.  We really like their jalapeno & cheese sausage kolaches so we each got one of those and then a couple of donuts made our breakfast complete!

Just a few packages were awaiting our arrival

Just a few packages were awaiting our arrival

Our next stop was at the UPS Store to pick up our mail that had been accumulating for the last 7 weeks.  Andrea, the clerk, knew what mailbox we had as soon as we said that she was probably happy to see us.  We had a nice chat with her about the oil business and the connection it has with the low gas prices.

We also made a stop at Walmart to pick up some items that I’d forgotten at the commissary yesterday as well as to pick up some prescriptions for Michael.

We ended up back at the coach just before 11:30 am and just a few minutes later there was that ‘oh so familiar’ knock on the door.  Yep…it was Austin and he had a gate for us.  Can you believe it??  I couldn’t. He gave us directions to the gate and some information regarding it and we went back to putting our groceries away, ate some lunch and then packed up what little we had to pack up.

The staging pad is on the left behind the coach and the frac will be on the pad on the right in the distance

The staging pad is on the left behind the coach and the frac will be on the pad on the right in the distance

Our gate is 10 miles from the Karnes City yard – off of highway 99 on county road 210.  Not bad actually…far enough from town to keep us from making unnecessary trips but close enough for easy shopping.

Lots of ruts made in the soft gravel by previous vehicles

Lots of ruts made in the soft gravel by previous vehicles

It took us a little longer than usual to get the coach settled in as the pad has a bunch of loose gravel on it that didn’t help with the leveling process.  Michael ended up manually leveling the coach because the Level-Up tends to freak out if the coach is at funky angles.

Michael ran the hoses for the bells, set up the lights, fixed a couple of their extension cords, started the generator and  hooked up the water and sewer so that Austin didn’t have to come back out and do it.  A couple of the hoses aren’t working right so he’ll take a look at them tomorrow to see what the problem might be.

This is a Marathon completion job…meaning that have a frac, coiled tubing, wireline and flowback to look forward to.  There are 6 wells which should mean that we’ll be here at least 6 weeks…probably more.

When we got here there we a couple of small crews working on the pad getting things ready for the upcoming frac.  We went down there to introduce ourselves to the company man but found that there wasn’t one.  The crews that were down there finished up and were gone before 6:00 pm so our evening was very quiet.

Here come the gravel trucks

Here come the gravel trucks

Dumping a load of gravel to widen the road

Dumping a load of gravel to widen the road

The biggest excitement for the day was that 6 gravel trucks came in and dumped their loads down on the pad.  One of the 5 dropped it’s load right in front of the coach to widen the road so that any trucks coming off of the staging pad (located directly behind us) are able to make a nice wide turn around our coach rather than taking the corner too short and picking off our coach!

Someone will be back tomorrow to spread the gravel down on the pad and here by us.  The plan is also to put some of the gravel by our door so that when/if it rains we won’t be knee dip in mud.  I’m likin’ that plan a whole lot!  They’ll also smooth out the rutty mess that’s by our front door now…yay!

Stay tuned as we gear up for another frac.  We’re absolutely shocked that we got a gate so quickly we really thought we were in for a long wait…ok…I really thought so…Michael had more faith than I did.

PS.  Instead of 2 Peas in a Pod (2psnapod) maybe we should change our names to ‘Fric’n Frac’???

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