Along the Natchez Trace

Friday, April 5, 2013

What Now?

I read DizzyDick's blog and he posed the question... What do you write about when you can't think of anything to say?  

I'm still recovering from the 7 hour time difference.  And... getting caught up on things like taxes, groceries, prescriptions, and on and on...  AND...  have had a bad sinus headache for the past 2 days.  I seldom have a headache so Bill's had to listen to a lot of whining and complaining.  We both are squirting Visine in our bloodshot eyes.  Wonder if we're allergic to Texas?

Then I got an e-mail from my sister asking...  What Next?

When we left Seville we were tossing around all kinds of ideas.  Maybe find a National Wildlife Refuge to volunteer at for a while.  Maybe head to NM and visit Bill's sister, whom we haven't seen for a couple of years.  Maybe head to Colorado...  for years, Bill has wanted to spend some time there.  His family had a cabin near Durango years ago and it would be fun to head in that direction...

While we were in Spain Bill got an e-mail that the company that produces the genealogy software that he uses has made plans for their annual cruise/workshop.  This year it departs from Baltimore, MD, and heads up to New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.  That won't be until October.  That'll be a great time to go as the leaves might still be colorful.  But that's a long way off and so...  it's back to ... What Next?

Oh yes...  last year we took the test to become Gate Guards.  Due to my health issues we never did do that.  I'm fine now, and we're only about 50 miles from Ft Worth...  why not go back to that company and see if they have anything available?

We did...  and apparently they do...

We'll learn more next week, but it looks like we may head to south (or at least more south than we are now) Texas and have a real job for a few months.  We've read several gate guard blogs and so know pretty much what it's all about.  Actually, several years ago, before we ever heard there were companies that hired folks like us for these jobs we'd see those drilling sites thinking we'd like to live kind of remote and hang out for awhile.

I will add that we've had only 1 "real" job since we started traveling in 2001.  We worked the month of May at the Indianapolis Speedway in 2003.  I still refer to that as "the job from hell".  But heck, you never know what something is like until you try it.

So...  what's next?  Nothing's for sure but gate guarding may be our next adventure.  

That's All For Today!


  1. Ugh! From the blogs I've read about gate guarding, that's definitely not for me! Good luck is all I can say. :[

  2. I think I would rather go back to Spain!! :) But gate guarding doesn't sound so bad either.

  3. Like Judy, I have heard horror stories about gate 24/7 I will also add good luck wishes!

  4. It starts to get mighty cool in NB and NS in October, just so you know. There is such a thing as "Indian Summer", but that's hard to predict.
    Not too sure about the gate guarding thing. All hours of the day and night? I know it's a job, but there doesn't seem to be a moment's rest.

  5. The oil fields are booming in South Texas right now!! We saw dozens of new well sites, each with a gate guard or two stationed on the road. It seems like a decent way to make some bucks if you're up for the duties.

    Good luck on landing a site.


  6. I first thought that you meant a gate guard at a state or national park.

  7. Gate Guards! Now that's a challenge!!

  8. Hi Sharon, hope that you are felling better soon cause it seems like you and Bill have plenty of new possibilities. Would any of these five you chances to practice your Spanish or at least keep learning? Hope you take us all along on the new adventures whatever and wherever they take you both.

  9. That long straight road in your header photo looks like the roads in New Mexico!!!