Sunday, January 17, 2016

Let the gate guarding begin!

Doyle RV Park
Doyle, OK

Well here we are :-)

The RV park we are staying in at the moment is a little place,
in a grassy field with full hook ups.
There are 8 sites, off N 3010 Rd, which is off Hwy 29.
They charge $15 per day, or $400 per month, all inclusive.
We had no problem finding the place,
our friends gave us great directions,
and the GPS found it easily.
George backed into the spot we chose,
but the ground was very soft and we sunk in a bit.
The owner of the park came out and had us move to 
another spot, and we're good there.

When we pulled in we weren't sure exactly how long 
we might be here.
The owner told us to wait until we knew if we were getting
a gate here in the area before we paid :-)

The gentleman that hired us came over
on Friday morning and told us about the job,
gave us our paperwork to fill out,
and generally welcomed us to the area.
There are two separate well pad areas being worked on at the moment
that the company supplies guards to.
Our friends Wes & Marylou are working one gate,
and the other couple, Lori and John, the other.
Then we come :-)
Our boss wants us to stay in this area,
as another well will be started soon.
We're happy about that, as we're farther south in Oklahoma,
where we hope it will get warmer sooner :-)
Because we are here with no gate,
they're rotating us in to give the other 2 couples a break,
and we'll all have a day off every two days.
Not as much money, but it will ease us in :-)

That afternoon we drove over to Duncan,
which is only about 20 miles away.
One of the requirements, besides the fire retardant clothing,
is a Fictitious Business Name license.
We are now L & G Owen Services :-)
We picked up a few things at Walmart
and headed back.

Yesterday morning we woke up to snow!

It only snowed a couple inches if that,
and by the afternoon, it was gone.

We started our training at the guard shack in the afternoon.
In a nutshell, the job entails signing workers in and out.
The company needs an accurate account 
of each person at the job site.
It gets a little hectic at shift change, as there are upwards of 60 people
to check in or out, but the other 10 hours are spent
hanging out in the shack :-)
In between shifts there are a few people that go in and out,
sand trucks, fuel trucks and the like,
but not many.
We're allowed to bring anything to keep us from getting bored.
Computer, Kindle, magazines, etc.

For now our schedule is a little wacky,
as George and I are working the same 12 hour shift 
but at two different gates.
Tonight we start from midnight to noon tomorrow,
then on Tuesday from noon to midnight,
then Wednesday we're off.
Thursday at midnight we start the rotation over.
This will all change when a new well pad opens up,
then we'll both be working one gate, two shifts.
Whew, it's complicated at first!

I'm going to try and take some pictures at the site
in the next few days,
and will have more to report.

I think we will survive this thing!


  1. Snow... Oh NO! So you won't be parking the Rv at the gate?

  2. Sorry about the cold weather. Hope your time there goes well. A great opportunity to catch up on your reading!

  3. Gate guarding has sure changed since we did it.

  4. Wow, that does sound complicated. Are the two different gates that you are working close by each other? How far away is the RV park from the gate that you are working?

    1. The two gates are within a mile of each other, and they both are within 4 miles of the RV park. Not a bad commute!

  5. Glad you made it there! Soft ground and sinking a bit... and RV's, don't go well together, glad you made it out! We're looking forward to reading about the gate guarding job.

  6. That arrangement almost - I said "almost" - sounds like something we would be willing to handle. But then, there's Maggie, and we couldn't leave her for that long or take her to the site with us. Hope you get a gate together soon and that all goes smoothly. Looking forward to reading about your adventures!

  7. Wow rotating 12 hour shifts sounds hard to me. Changing when I sleep would be tough. The job itself sounds fine though and will give you lots of time to post blogs LOL and read and whatever else you want to do it sounds like.

  8. With all that sitting in the guard shacks, your sore muscles from all that Amazon walking will have a chance to recover. :c)