Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A new gate, and sad news

Watonga Motel & RV park
Watonga, OK

Shortly after our last blog post we got the call.
A new gate opened up for us in Watonga,
approximately 2 hours north.
We needed to be there to start at noon the next day.
Sometimes the calls come and the guards may only
have a few hours to get set up and working.
It didn't take us long to pack up, hook up,
and travel the 127 miles to our new place.

We have soon learned that the best RV 'park'
doesn't necessarily have the nicest ambiance.

There are dozens of these 'parks' set up
for the oil field industry,
and can be just about anywhere.
It's all about the proximity to the areas
where your gate may be.
For us, who cares, as our 12 hours off
are spent sleeping, packing our meal for our shift,
and a small amount of TV watching.

Our new 'gate' is at a smaller well pad,
one that may take only 5 days +/-
to complete the fracking process.

The view to my left
Sometimes getting to the guard shack
means driving on a few miles of dirt road,
winding around until you find it.
This current shack is only 2 miles from the main highway,
but still down a dirt road :-)
It's next to a farmer's field,
with cattle grazing..
gives me something to watch.

I can say one thing..
the sunsets are beautiful!

Earlier in the week, we got some very sad news.
George's brother Bill had a massive heart attack and died.
George had just talked to him a few days earlier.
He was only 62 :-(
We are so glad that we got to spend time with he and Connie
while we were in Texas for the 2 weeks after the holidays.
He was a tremendous man and will be greatly missed.

One of my fondest memories of him is the first time we met.
George and I weren't married yet, and we flew to Houston
to spend a week with Bill & Connie.
We rented a Harley and did a drive with them.
It was a fun day!

Rest in Peace, Bill...


  1. So sorry to hear of your loss, George. God bless and comfort you and your family.

  2. I hope George will be able to go and be with his family at this sad time. Such unexpected things are such a shock. Sixty two certainly seems young to me.

  3. Oh gosh. This really was sad news to hear. Prayers to you and George.

  4. So sorry for your loss, Mary and I will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. So sorry to hear of your loss. My dad died the exact same way at 65. :(

  6. Condolences to you both.

    Yup, the calls can come for a gate with very little notice. We were in Mercedes, Tx and got the call for our first gate up in Huntsville, TX. Long drive but we made it in time.

  7. We're very sorry to hear the news about George's brother. Our hearts go out to you.

  8. We're sorry to hear of George's brother's passing. Treasure the memories of him.

  9. That's sad news. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family's.

  10. So sorry to hear about the loss of George's brother.

    For years Watonga has been known for its cheese. The Watonga Cheese Factory has moved, but I believe there is still a retail store located there. Good cheese.

  11. Thoughts are with you on passing of Bill. You guys are lucky to be getting gates; I hear oilfield jobs are winding down. Enjoy it while you can!

  12. So sorry for you loss, our thoughts and prayers to you both.

  13. Prayers continuing for you both. That's a great picture of George and his brother.