Daily Archives: September 6, 2014

Why did the Armadillo Cross The Road?

Gate traffic really picked up today with 144 vehicles through, most of them big trucks bringing in the drill rig that’s going up across the road from us. But things quiet down a good bit after dark. I normally only get 3 or 4 vehicles between 11pm and 7am.

Rig Going Up 1

This is what it looks like so far. I’ll post more photos as it goes up.

One thing nice about these rig trucks coming in is that it’s the same ones over and over, so once we recognize the tag number then we can just wave them through. Really speeds things up.

Now that the housing trailers are in place and set up, we’re getting the first of the crew in who will live onsite, either in one week or two week shifts of 12 hour days, seven days a week.


The armadillo apparently crosses the road to get to the scummy pond behind us.

Scummy Pond

He came across the road about 3am, and along the way, he bumped into the light stand and then into the generator trailer before he disappeared into the dark behind the rig. But about an hour later, he showed up again, heading home, I guess. Unfortunately I didn’t get the flash turned on on my phone camera in time to get a photo.

When I first saw the pond I was worried about mosquitos, but so far this gate has been remarkable bug-free. No tarantulas. No scorpions. And no enormous grasshoppers.

Besides the scummy pond we do have a nice view in the other direction.

Nice View

Certainly a lot different than our gates in the Whitsett area.

Lowell sent over this photo of Landon at T-Ball practice. He’s playing pitcher, though the pitcher doesn’t pitch in T-Ball. It’s mainly a fielding position as the pitcher and the first baseman get most of the action since 4yr. olds can’t hit the ball that far.

Landon Pitching

Since he’s a lefty at writing, I assume that he will be at ball-throwing too, although that’s not always the case.

For dinner tonight Jan fixed up another batch of her wonderful Nachos, and like the other day, made them with crushed canned Hot Chili Beans, rather than bean dip.


Quick, easy, and delicious. One of our favorite gate meals.


Thought for the Day:

“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.” — Sir Francis Bacon


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