Growing up, Victoria reminisced, there was hardly a summer we didn’t work on a water project. I imagine she’s pretty accurate. Water means a great deal in this high desert country. If you’re not developing a new source, there are rusty metal tanks to replace, plastic pipeline to dig up and repair, electric fence to set up along creeks, and the massive search for electrical shorts in wells.
Today, I went along for the “before” photos of a repair and expansion scheme for our Mesa pasture. This is the pasture where we pump out of the 500′ deep Otter Creek Canyon. We used to use the old Rife Ram Pump, but it wore out after something like 70 years of service! We pump up to three tanks on the edge of the canyon, and fill a storage tank that can fill a lower tank when necessary.
Two out of the three tanks here will be replaced, moved, and tapped into existing lines.
Daniel double checked the location of private, state, and BLM land with a GPS. (That’s Bureau of Land Management!)
We talked and discussed and figured and planned. I even had an idea that Vernon really liked! I’m not much help on pipe size, or if they need this fitting or that… but giving new insight into what they have in mind… I can do!
(often, it’s just that I don’t understand everything, but by asking questions, I can help them see things in a different way!)
Vernon and Daniel took off walking, scoping out a different location… and I smiled. We’ve said for years Daniel stands and walks just like Vernon… here’s photographic proof!
I’ll be back and take some “in progress” photos…Find me here!