"In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks."
John Muir

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Who Is This Lineman-Superman?

While clutching the door handles as we swerved along
these wild mountain roads, I noticed these crazy electric wires.
They draped in long loops that dangled over deep valleys.
Probably a mile long, at least.
Rather like the tight rope that a circus star will walk.

How, we pondered, did these wires ever get suspended over these
wide open spaces that dropped down so far between mountains?
Helicopters? Cranes? Seemed impossible a task.

Miles later, when the towers were on our side of the valley, we even
stopped the car to examine these monster-like supports that held the wires.

Peer closely on the road, near the lower left--that's a big
tractor trailer with a load. That may help you understand the size of these towers.
Bigger and stronger than you can imagine,
they sported springs to support the great weight of these wires.
High winds can whip down these mountainsides during winter storms.
Those precarious live wires must sway and tug.
My respect for engineers never wanes.

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