Gate Guarding – Day 1

We were awakened this morning about 7:45am and told we had a gate waiting for us.

We were given our hats, orange safety vests, login forms, clipboard, and a hand-drawn map to the gate. Jamie said our supervisor Larry would be waiting for us.

We were ready to roll a little before 9, with our first stop right across the street at the Exxon station to top off my tank with about 80 gallons of diesel for $4.10 a gallon. When I’m going to be parked for a while I always like to do it on a full tank to cut down on condensation and algae growth in the tank.

About 9:15 we were on the road heading to our gate. Our route took us on all two-lane roads from Whitsett southwest over to Fowlerton, about 45 miles away. But it was the last 8 miles of dirt road that was a problem.

It was so bad that I was only able to do 8-10 mph. And even then we had drawers come open that hadn’t come open in 5 years. It almost 45 minutes to finally get to the gate site, where our supervisor, Larry Ross, was waiting for us with our utility trailer just as promised.

It only took us about 10 minutes to get parked and set up. Larry pulled the generator trailer behind the rig and got us hooked up with AC power to the coach.

STS Gate 2

A little later Larry headed back to town to bring out our sewer trailer, while Jan was up and running on her new Gate Guarding career.

STS Gate 1

And we quickly had our first visitor, not a truck, but a friendly roadrunner. He walked back and forth right in front of us, just a couple of feet away.

Roadrunner 4

Roadrunner 5

Supposedly they’re really good about keeping snakes away. Jan hopes so.

The only downside to our location is we not only have no Internet service, we have absolutely no Verizon cell service at all. NONE.

In fact I had to drive to Cotulla, 35 miles away to get a good signal. Apparently AT&T works in this area, so I’ll have to see about getting a cheapie phone at Wal-Mart. But I’m still not sure what I’m going to do about Internet. I’ll have to work on it.


We only had about 20 vehicles in and out yesterday, and the site was closed from 7:30pm to 6 am.



Thought for the Day:

Please understand that my respect for you is not at all diminished by my request that you bite me.



8 Responses

  1. Wow, you lucked out with the site being closed in the evenings, usually these gates are 24 hour operations.

  2. So what are you supposed to do if a real emergency happens. I assume that being a gate guard means that management does not want some people to get past the gates. What do you do when something dangerous or suspicious happens????

  3. Wow! I hope it closes every night. That would make life so much more bearable. Once you get internet, of course. Looking forward to more details as your job permits.

  4. This is going to be really interesting to see how you handle the communication challenge.

    How long are you signed on for?

  5. Great Road Runner pics! They are such interesting little birds. Never
    saw one catch a snake, but saw one with another smaller bird. Oh well,
    they all gotta eat! Good luck with your new adventure. Any trees? Or is it all open land? How did you get your post done?

  6. Get an AT&T smartphone so you can use it as a wifi hotspot.

  7. Good to see y’all made it to a gate. If you haven’t checked out the gate guard forum at, please do. Many other guards in your area are active there. We are not too far from you as the crow flies.

  8. Well, good luck…hope that you continue to get a little breather of time on duty at night. that would be nice! Love the roadrunner photos! Another one of my favorite birds! I would have restaurant withdrawal if I was doing gate guarding, that’s for sure! 🙂

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