Gate Guarding

Gate Guarding

Friday, July 6, 2012

Buying a Car, Aransas Pass, TX and a New Adventure

Well, we didn’t leave Lake Conroe thousand Trails RV Resort until Saturday morning.  Why? We bought a car. We have been looking for a small car to do all our running around in because that big ‘ole Black Truck gets terrible Fuel mileage. We wanted something pretty small because we want to tow it behind the RV and we are limited on weight and length. We looked at a lot of vehicles but we were both most interested in the Honda CR-V. We did not want to buy something very new because this will be kind of an experiment to see if we like towing it….remember the DLT…..LOL

We finally found one we liked and met the owner on Thursday evening to make the deal. Now that leaves us to run back over to Livingston, TX to get our tags & registration taken care of.



After we got that done, Mac called Bob & Molly and we met them for lunch and another great visit! Afterwards we headed back to Lake Conroe in the little Blue Bopper as Molly calls it. We had a dinner date with Arlene since we will be leaving on Saturday morning. We had a nice dinner and a tearful “see ya later”…don’t like to say goodbye.

We were up and on the road in pretty good time on Saturday. This is the first time I have had to drive and follow Mac….and it had to be through downtown Houston on a Saturday morning in the pouring rain! I was never so glad to see Houston in my rearview mirror….

We got to Aransas Pass, TX with no problems and all set up at Aransas Bay RV Resort



and then ran out to have some dinner. Sunday we were going to go to Port Aransas but it was raining…..huh….I guess it followed us from Houston. So we just ran some errands and went to the Grocery Store.


Monday we decided to run to Corpus Christi to Gate Guard Services to get some more information on the Gate Guarding jobs…we ended up taking the paperwork home with us to fill out. We had to have our fingerprints taken but when we got there the person who does them had left for a doctor appointment and weren’t sure if she would be back. So we took off and drove over to North Padre, Mustang Island and on to Port Aransas. We went to the beach for a little while. It was really busy! The wind was blowing pretty hard and the water was rough…



We drove around town for a little while and then rode the Ferry back to Aransas Pass and home for dinner.

Tuesday we headed back to Corpus Christi to Gate Guard Services to turn in our paperwork and fingerprint cards. They gave us our orange vests and instructions on how to get to their Whitsett, TX office on Thursday. We left and went back to Port Aransas and to the beach again….

Still windy with rough water….




We saw so many Pelicans today…some just sitting on the beach, and a whole flock over the water dive bombing for their dinner….it was sure funny to watch them.


Pelicans eating

We rode the Ferry back to Aransas Pass and went to China A for some dinner.


Wednesday, July 4th, we just hung out at the RV. Mac had been working on our Water Pump. There was a leak somewhere and he took it apart and never got it fixed, so he decided that Thursday morning before we left town he would go to the RV Dealer and just get a new one. We just replaced that one last September while we were in South Dakota.

Mac was up and off to the Dealer when they opened at 8am. He returned with the Water Pump and got it installed and we finally took off about 11:15am. We arrived at Gate Guard Services Whitsett Office about 1:30 and talked with Jamie & Diane for a while. Then Jamie sent us to Kenedy, TX to wait for Mark to meet us and lead us to our new Gate Job.

It was pouring rain again…imagine that…lol We arrived at the gate about 6pm and got all set up. No work tonight, but had to be up by 5am this morning(Friday) for the truck to start arriving. We have to sign in every vehicle that comes to our Gate and then Sign them back out when they leave. We signed in about 40 or so vehicles today and then signed them back out early this evening. Nothing for tonight so we will get to sleep and be up by 5am again tomorrow…

Took a few photos around our site today…

Sunrise…very foggy this morning



our site setup


and Mac trying to be Official…


Stay tuned and we’ll try to keep you updated on how things are going with our new Gate Guard Adventure…



Rod and Loyce Ivers said...

Best of luck with that assignment! I hear it can be rather hot at times when you have to stay out and check in long lines of vehicles... Can't wait for the blogs to explain all of what you learn..... Rod

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Unknown said...

Welcome to the world of Gate Guards. We're sitting over near Cotulla. Much drier over here. Finished drilling and ready to frac.

Bobbie and Jim said...

Glad to see you got on board. Put in your blog which oil company you have on the pad...Marathon, Murphy, Pioneer, etc. Each company has different "sign in" requirements. We worked for Murphy last year...good company. Bobbie

Molly and Bob said...

Was nice seeing you and the little Blue Bopper! Enjoy the new adventure...making memories everyday! Hugs!

KarenInTheWoods and Steveio said...

Excited to hear all about your gate guarding... thanks for posting!

Karen and Steve
(Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard