January 20 to February 14, 2014 NOMADS Project, Mercedes, MS

February 15 (Approximately) to June - Gate Guarding, TX or LA.

June, 2014 - Up to Alaska!

September - NOMADS Annual Meeting, Branson, MO

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Maybe getting ready to leave the dusty trail

Huntsville,   TX

We have been here on site gate guarding for 5 weeks now.   Yesterday and today have been the busiest.  This is our view of the rig yesterday early.

Same view today.

They started moving out the equipment yesterday and late last night dropped the derrick.    What this leaves us is a dusty mess.   As shown in this picture, we are practically right on the driveway which is laid with lime stone.

The drive back to the rig, about 500 feet.

Often in the last two days its looked this --- backed all the way out almost to the highway.

Quite a parade of equipment leaving.

We were told that everyone would be out by tonight.   Whew!   It's been five weeks since I've gone to bed before 2:30 am and able to sleep without being awakened through the night by the ding of the bell.    

We do not know how long we will be here.  There is talk of us staying until the "workout crew" is done - whatever that means.   We would like to get 4 more weeks of work if not here, then someplace else close.  The manager from Gate Guard Services told us last week they have a tough time getting workers this time of year because the snow birds are heading north.   Here we are!  We are available!

One thing we will have to do is give our home a good cleaning.     This is why.  A truck leaving today right in front of our door.  Can you find it?

Until next time......


Paul and Marsha Weaver OCT. 17, 2009 said...

Oh that dust would drive me nuts! You will have to clean out all your cupboards too. YUCK!

It sounds like you two will get that additional 4 weeks. I bet it is difficult to get help this time of year or worse yet, in the summer.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Looks like you could use some self-contained breathing gear:)

Laurie and George said...

I think the dust in the rig is what is keeping us from gate guarding. I hope it all gets cleaned out!

Phil and Rudee said...

We can relate, we left our gate today after 10 weeks. Dusty, dusty mess for sure! :)

Now if I can just quit jumping up and heading for the door every time the phone dings. LOL

JO said...

From the sounds of the comments they are all dusty jobes. To bad.
Good Luck finding another placement.

Texas Yellow Rose said...

It's not the actual work that has kept us from considering an oilfield job but the conditions. We have our issues here, but at least it's not terribly dusty! Hope you can land another gig to boost that Alaska fund. :)

Rick Doyle said...

Hope you get the additional time you're looking for. That is sure one cloud of dust!