Bill & I spent most of this past week getting ready for our latest endeavor... as gate guards in south Texas.
We may be guarding a gate in a remote area but even if it's not remote, this is a 24/7 job. One of us must be "on the job" to record the in and out traffic at all hours. Since this is our first time doing a job like this we can only guess what it will be like or whether we are truly suited for it.
I'm assuming that we will only head to the nearest town when we need groceries or the laundromat, and, of course, only one of us will go. We're told we will have electricity, water and a dump station, so it's not exactly like we'll be boondocking. However, our fridge isn't very big, so we'll be limited as to how much fresh veggies we can keep.
I had written earlier that Bill took the concealed weapon class so that he could carry in Texas. I will mention here that having a firearm in one's motorhome is not permitted while working this job. Alcohol is also prohibited and we could be subject to drug or alcohol tests at any time.
That was my silly sense of humor speaking when I wrote of speaking Spanish to the illegals. If any of you have lived in areas where the illegals attempt entry, you know that the last thing they want is to encounter people, no matter if that is a person of authority or just average everyday folks like us.
Celeste fixed a wonderful dinner last evening... grilled veggies, salmon... and the best bacon wrapped/cheese stuffed jalepenos I've ever eaten. What a send off!
So this morning, we hooked up and ran through out check-list.
Hmmm... the brake lights and turn signals weren't working. After about 20 minutes of checking everything out, Bill gave some little box under the hood a whack... and the lights have worked since.
Everything's ready... just after 8am this morning we said our goodbyes and headed south.
There were a lot of wildflowers along the highway, but I never did get a good shot of any. These bluebonnets and Indian paintbrush are just a few of the many species we saw.
As we neared these colorful tents, we speculated on what they were. Our 3 guesses were 1) a circus 2) a casino 3) a church revival.
Hope I don't sound too irreverent, but they do kinda resemble each other in a way....
|Well, it was a church and tent revival...|
And, no, we didn't stop.
We drove down Rt 281, to San Antonio. There we caught I35.
We've spent some time here in the past, so nothing drew us into the city. But if you ever get a chance, it's really fun eating at that revolving restaurant at the top of that space needle.
On past San Antonio... to Rt 85, then to Highway 468.
A distance of 315 miles from when we left Glen Rose, Tx this morning at 8am, we arrived at this RV park around 4pm. Yeah, the speed limit is 75 most of the way, but Bill never drives our rig that fast, and we made a few stops for lunch and breaks.
This is the entrance to the RV park where we're at.
It's a locked gate, but we had the key code to enter.
We quickly got parked and set up.
After sitting in the rig all day we were both ready for a walk.
The wildflowers are blooming here. Even the prickly pear cactus is blooming, but I didn't get a photo of that yet.
Right now (6:30 pm) the outside temperature is 100 degrees.
After being cold for so long, I'll have to admit that it feels pretty good to me.
That's Bill... walking down the dirt road in this RV park... We'll be here in this RV park until a gate position comes open... may be a day or two... may be longer. There's no cost to us and we have our phone and internet, as well as a full hook-up. We're ready for our next adventure.
That's All For Today!