Woohoo! Another gate!

Posted by on December 5, 2016

We got a call from Shawn early Friday evening telling us that a position at a gate was opening up on Sunday morning and he wanted us to go check it out to make sure that we’d fit.  We took a ride over on Saturday morning to check out the location.  It’ll be a bit of a tight/strange fit but Michael can handle it.

The gate is just around the corner from the gate we worked this past Spring over near Cotulla and is with the same oil company we worked with at that time too.  It’s also a rig…the same rig we worked with this spring…with the same Company men!

We talked with the female half of the gate guard team that was on the gate and found that they’re moving to a gate in west Texas.  She gave us some information about the gate…like the fact that there are deer on this particular lease and the gate needs to be closed unless we are right outside to keep the deer from jumping ship.

It started raining Friday morning about 6:00 am…but only just a little bit and then it rained off and on over the course of the day.  But then starting about 9:00 pm it really started raining….in sheets…and it rained nearly all night…and all day Saturday…and all day Sunday!

Knowing that we wouldn’t be able to go out to eat together for a while we went out for breakfast at Andy’s on a dark, dismal Saturday morning.  Still amazed at how nice the inside of the restaurant is compared to what the outside looks like.  Just goes to show you should never judge a book by its cover.  Our meals were just as good as they were in the past.  We’ve never had a bad meal at Andy’s.

We also had a few errands to run:  the post office to mail a couple of packages to our sons, HEB for weekly grocery shopping and Walmart for a few odds and ends.  That should do us for a while.

Elaine & Charlie

Elaine & Charlie

While we were out running errands I got a message from a fellow gate guard who we met via Facebook but not yet in person.  She let us know that they’re in Carrizo Springs for the night and invited us to stop by for a visit.  We stopped by and spent several hours visiting.  We could have chatted for several more hours, I think, but it was getting late and we needed to get something to eat.  Hopefully, our paths will cross again soon.

While we were visiting with Charlie and Elaine I got a message from Shawn saying that we might have to postpone moving to our new gate for a day or two because it’s so wet from all the rain we’ve had.

My hand stitched Amish quilt

My hand stitched Amish quilt

Since we didn’t move on Sunday we went back over to Charlie and Elaine’s and visited again for a couple of hours.  Elaine is an awesome crafts person…sewing, quilting, crocheting, etc.  With that in mind, I asked her if she’d take a look at an Amish quilt I have but is a little too small for our king-sized bed…hoping that she might be able to add some material to it to make it big enough to use on our bed.

We took the quilt over to her and she had great suggestions on how to enlarge it and agreed to work on it when she has time as there is no rush since we haven’t been able to use it in 5.5 years and we just purchased a new bed covering anyway.

It finally stopped raining sometime overnight Sunday/Monday but it was still too wet to try to pull our coach onto the wet, soggy, muddy, grassy area of the new gate we’ll be working.  Shawn said probably a couple of days before we’ll move now.

However, he asked us if we’d work the day gate we worked last week…for at least one day, Monday.  We had no problem with that…it’s easy work and brings money in just the same.  Shawn called at 8:23 am and we were gone within 20 minutes.

One of the worst areas on the road

One of the worst areas on the road

Leona River Road, the road the gate is on was in horrible shape last year when we were there.  Terribly muddy, rutted…so bad they had us bring our coach in via a much longer route.  We knew it had been worked on since then but wondered what kind of shape it would be in after all the rain we received over the last few days.  Thankfully, it wasn’t too bad…just one area that was completely under water.

Our 'Go' bag

Our ‘Go’ bag

Michael suggested last time that we should put together a ‘Go’ bag so that we’re ready if/when day gates arise.  I thought it was a great idea so we through it together last week.  It contains toilet paper, paper, pens, cards, snacks, water, soda, garbage bags, paper plates, utensils, napkins, etc.

With all that already in the truck and ready to go all we had to do was gather our electronics (Kindle, tablets, laptops), some ice and lunch makings (bread, cheese, lunchmeat, may0) and we were on our way!  Great job, Mikey!

Ready to work!

Ready to work!

We arrived at the gate at 10:00 am and got settled in.  The workover rig and it’s crew were already down on the pad so we didn’t have a whole lot of traffic… a total of 19 vehicles for the day.  We were surprised when Zack (the Company man) left at 1:00 pmish and told us we were done for the day…just needed to wait for the rig crew to come out and then we could leave.  Awesome-sauce!

Yummy fresh oranges

Yummy fresh oranges

Enrique gave us a half-dozen oranges fresh from Weecho’s tree.  They’d shared some with us last year and they were pretty tasty so this will be a nice treat.

They will need a gate guard again tomorrow morning for a few hours while the guys finish up but we’re not 100% sure if we’ll be going or not.  We’ll be going back again tomorrow and then hopefully it will be dry enough for us to move to our new long-term gate on Wednesday.

Wish I could have gotten a better picture!

Wish I could have gotten a better picture!

The highlight of the entire day…perhaps even the week was when I heard a vehicle coming and looked up to see that Enrique was on his way out….but he was following what I thought was a goat…a BIG goat…that was running down the side of the road straight for me.  I was almost out of the truck when Michael told me to get back in as we didn’t know what this BIG animal was apt to do.  When I closed the door he turned around and headed back up the road.

We’d been on this lease before and have never seen any exotic animals before…strange.  Enrique said they think he must be from next door and got into this ranch through a hole or something.

After a little research I found out that this cool dude is a Scimitar Oryx is originally from Northern Africa but has been extinct in the wild since 2000.  They are now bred in captivity in a few places around the world and one of those places just happens to be in Texas!

Itty bitty baby buck

Itty bitty baby buck

Then if that wasn’t enough….as I was writing about the exotic creature who visited I heard sloshing outside and looked up to see a pretty little buck walking through the standing water (small pond!) in the lease next door!

Staying nice and dry in my cool red boots!

Staying nice and dry in my cool red boots!

Since it was nice and muddy I took the opportunity to wear the rain boots I’d gotten from Dan and Amanda for Christmas last year and they were awesome!  Comfy and no sloshing around in the mud or water and ruining my shoes or pants.

I’ve been doing some blogging for Heartland, the manufacturer of our 5th wheel, and have had 5 posts published at this point. If you’re interested in reading those blog posts you can find that HERE at this website.  There are a few others bloggers making posts, as well, but mine are labeled with my name.

 

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