On Monday, March 20th, we set off full of hope for more "new"s - a new gate, new friends, new wildlife, and new unforgettable moments.
We again have an air-conditioned guard shack. This shack is larger than our last one. and is again equipped with a microwave and mini fridge.
We finish setting up, unpack, eat lunch, and prepare for our first shift - noon to midnight.
"Do you like Cajun food?" Cara had asked when we first pulled in. Cara's reputation as a phenomenal cook has preceeded her, so when she offers us generous plates of food, we quickly accept. Cara is from Louisiana, and her cooking is decidedly Cajun. We open our boxes to find, to our deep delight, fried shrimp, fried fish, and a shrimp and crawfish etouffee. Dinner that evening is the best Cajun meal we have had in a long time. Mmm... mmm... MMmmm...
Here's hoping we get to see the babies!
In addition to birds, we have several neighborhood rabbits and skunks. The rabbits hop by every evening around dusk. The skunks scuttle out to dig around in the dirt around 9 pm. We also learn a new animal, called the Javelina, or Peccary. This pig-looking mammal has darted across the road two days in a row, frantically trying to find a way through the fence, running toward us along the fence, before finally giving up and heading back the way it came.
On Tuesday, just our second day on the job, we look down the little side road that runs by our camper, and are startled to see a large black snack slithering his way across the dirt road. For a road, it's not very wide, more like a dirt path, partially overgrown in the middle, and only 9 or 10 feet, but he stretches almost all the way across it. My first thought was that it was a black rat snake, but when I mentioned it to one of gentlemen who works on the ranch, he said it was most likely an indigo. While rat snakes eat mainly rodents and birds, indigos eat, among other things, rattlesnakes. As long as he earns his keep, we'll let him stick around.
This pretty gal stared at me like this for approximately 12 minutes. Or maybe it was 2 minutes. I don't know. It seemed like an eternity. I took several nearly identical pictures of her, thinking that at some point, she would blink or stick her tongue out or SOMETHING. But she just stood there looking at me intensely.
Overall, we are pleased to be here at Faith Ranch. We know it holds excitement and adventure for us, and we look forward to meeting the demands of the busy season in the coming months.