…And We’re Fracin’!

Posted by on March 9, 2017

Monday 3/6

Here they come!

After Michael’s busy Sunday night dealing with sand truck after sand truck my morning started off pretty quiet….that is until nineteen vehicles arrived at the same time about 8:00 am.  Fifteen of those were big frac trucks (pumps and such), 2 were supervisors in pick ups and 2 were vans that transport the frac crew back and forth.  In this case they were here to take the drivers of the big frac trucks back to pick up MORE big frac trucks.

Thankfully, I got them all off the highway (thanks to one of the supervisors), lined up in two rows and logged in pretty darn quickly…under 10 minutes!  Traffic the rest of the day was very manageable, still quite a bit of traffic (175 vehicles) but no more big rushes like that one.

A sweet gift from my ‘cousin’!

One of the sales guys from the rig stopped by just to say ‘hi’…which was pretty darn sweet.  He had a hat for Michael that I made him sign as we’ve decided that we’re honorary cousins…and actually that could be true.  His last name is Schuette and my great great grandmother was a Schuette.  She came from Mecklennburg, Germany sometime in the early 1800s and Randy’s Schuette ancestors came from roughly the same area.  So…we’re cousins!  🙂

I made our final grocery shopping trip into Pearsall.  We have no idea whether this frac crew gets catered meals or not so I just shopped like the don’t…and if they do…we’ll be blessed.

New shoes for the coach!

On the way home I came back through Dilley so that I could stop at Cervantez Tire Shop to pick up the two tires Michael had ordered for the coach.  They already had the new tires mounted on the rims, had removed the TPMS sensors from the old tires (which they handed to me) and will dispose of the two old tires.

Next stop was at Pacho Garcia’s to pick up dinner to take home.  We’d been there once before…last year in January or February on our way home after working a day gate.  Michael went Mexican with the enchilada dinner, which came with a crunchy taco, beans and rice.  I had the stuffed hamburger steak and that came with brown gravy, fries and salad.  Our meals were filling and hit the spot.

Tuesday 3/7

The Frac crew worked til 6:30ish on Monday doing maintenance.  Tuesday they came in between 6:00 am and 6:30 am and  got everything set up so they could start fracing on Wednesday.  They worked mostly til 6:30ish with a few stragglers holding out til later in the evening.  Had to make sure everything was just right so they could start fracing in the morning.

Wednesday 3/8

Michael had four sand truck come in between midnight and 3:30 am Wednesday morning.  They had 6:00 am appointment times so they just came early and slept until there appointment times.

The frac crew starting showing up about 4:00 am with the biggest majority coming in about 4:30 am.  They start work at 5:30 am and with the half hour drive from here to the location they need to arrive a bit earlier.

I got two more sand trucks about 5:15 am…once again with the 6:00 am appointment time.  The frac crew planned to start fracing about 6:30 or 7:00 am so those sand trucks were able to unload once the fracing process began.  By 8:00 am we had fourteen sand trucks down on location.  Thankfully, the frac location is almost 9 miles from us so we don’t see hide nor hair of anyone or anything until they appear at our gate.

I’m so glad I was able to capture a picture!

While checking in a sand truck I noticed a helicopter flying low on the other side of the highway (still part of of this ranch…just a different member of the family runs that portion).   A little later there was a guy on a 4-wheeler (I don’t think they’re called that anymore, are they!?!) who I’m assuming was herding cattle on the ground while the helicopter herded from the air.  Although…I guess they could have been herding deer…as I saw one of those fleeing the scene!  LOL

Received another ray of sunshine when James stopped by again…on his way to a rig which is nowhere near here.  Such a sweet, sweet man.

Michael went into Dilley today to throw away our trash, pick up a couple of things (I forgot) from the grocery store and to have the two new RV tires rebalanced as the weights they applied when they balanced them fell off.   Since he was out he decided we HAD to have one last burger from Rosa’s before we leave…who was I to deny him??

Getting the job done!

After we enjoyed our delicious burger lunch Michael decided to get the two new tires on the coach…which went very quickly. While he was at it he checked the pressures in the tires and torqued the lug nuts…so…the coach is ready to hit the road!  Woohoo!

10 Days til We Hit the Road!!


2 Responses to …And We’re Fracin’!

  1. Mike Manning

    Love reading your blog. We are from SD and are going to be first time gate guards at a oilfield in Texas somewhere, you make it sound like it’s not such a bad thing to do to make a winter income. Can I ask you a few questions? Were you well taken care of by the company you worked for?
    Were you ever in any type of danger? How did you control the spiders and rattlesnakes? Were you allowed to have a gun for protection from snakes? What kind of set up did they have for you as for your tanks and generator. Thanks Linda & Mike

    • Kelly

      Linda & Mike,

      So nice to hear from you! In our opinion gate guarding is a pretty darn good way of making some extra cash. You have to be prepared to be pretty isolated though as some gates are pretty far from anything. We started gate guarding in January 2014 and have worked roughly 5-6 months a years since then.

      As for your questions:

      We worked for Gate Guard Services and they always took good care of us…but we’re also pretty self-sufficient, which they appreciated. Michael is quite the handyman so he could trouble shoot most issues with the generator or pumps etc.

      We were never in any danger whatsoever. Border patrol can be pretty prevalent in some areas as they’re looking for illegals.

      Spiders and snakes? Never saw a one. But…keep in mind they aren’t very active in the winter months. Mice…that’s a different story. Get you some rope lights (enough to lie on the ground under your trailer, outside any landing jacks)…for some reason the mice steer clear. Be sure to keep them on 24/7.

      No guns or alcohol allowed on any oilfield lease.

      We were provided 500 gallons of water, about 200 gallons of diesel and a sewer tank. The guard company replenished everything approximately every 2 weeks. You do have to learn to conserve water.

      If you have more questions…just let us know. You can email us at 2psnapod1985@gmail.com


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