Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Tour of Texana Dam wall

We were privileged to be given a tour of the Texana Dam wall.  It is very impressive, and in the end it was hard to keep track of all the computers, power systems, pumps, engines and generators that we saw!

 Not for the faint hearted, it's a long way down in a small space.

 The water level is down terribly with the drought.  Notice the big gates on the left of the picture.  The slot in the wall is for the beams which are above the slot, they can be stacked into the slot to wall off the water for repairs on the gates.  There is a crane that glides along tracks on the wall, specifically to move the beams.
                        Winches for the gates, and rails for the crane.

We were invited on the tour by our new home school friends.  They are travelling the country building "Tough Mudder" courses.  Tough Mudder was designed by British Special Forces and is reputed to be the toughest race on the planet.  There were 4500 people at the event.  A little plane buzzed overhead pulling a banner announcing the next big race.  Helicopters landed in the nearby field.  The mudders were covered in mud from top to bottom, and by the end of the race had to be wrapped in thermal foil for warmth.

1 comment:

  1. what an exciting and interesting trip.......u all have so much fun :)