Our gate is on a cattle ranch. It could also be called a feed lot. There are thousands of acres and currently, from what we have been told, nine wells on the ranch. We are guarding wells 2,3,4,5 which are being frac’d now. We will probably be here until we leave for the summer.
Being a city boy I have never been around too many cows so do not know much about cattle ranch’s. I was surprised to see that they were all bulls, minus their balls. And there are thousands of them on the ranch. According to our service guy Austin, the females are kept in another area for breeding purposes.
A crew comes out every day and puts feed into troughs and there is water available in ponds. And, unlike a lot of south Texas that we have seen there is a lot of grass here and no thorn bush or other scrub brush and cactus.
They are putting in a new pipeline, or an extension of one, right next to us. I think you can see in the above pictures the barbed wire fence that is protecting us and our support trailers. That is because the cows (bulls) (cattle) are very curious and will look at anything. We have had to chase them away when they come down the road and try to get past us.
As you can see from the last picture we are just off the road, our support trailers are next to us, and the pipeline equipment is very close to our trailers. They are currently boring a hole under the highway and when that is done they will start digging the trench next to us for the pipe. That means even more customers, because after the trench, in come the pipe and welders and who know who else.
This is the busiest gate we have been on, the last three days have been well over 200 in/outs.
The other morning I killed a small scorpion. I would guess it came from the top soil they took off to get ready for the pipeline
Linda wanted this picture, even thou the scorpion is a little crushed. If the scorpion is out, can snakes be to far behind????????
love to all of ya
Jim and Linda