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Monday, April 11, 2011

Someones Got To Do It

Over towards the east, where the roads lead towards the coast lies a small range of very large mountains.
They are snow capped through winter.
We travelled some dirt roads and crossed a fishing spot or two,
.....till we reached ....
power pole tower #110....
These towers deliver the electricity supply through Scottsdale, Derby and on....
What you have probably never thought about is the maintenance.
Periodically they have to have the taller brush removed from beneath these lines like wattle and native pepper and other eucalyptus.
See that gully (a bit hard I know), somehow the men have to traverse this area and spray herbicide to take out the growth in a strip underneath the lines.
Craig looked forward and backward, up and down, and he said;
"This point is 2400 metres"
He had no maps and so I retorted a bit disbelievingly "How do you know?"
He said simply "I've flown over it"
"Oh......"I guess an altimeter would give you that kind of info.
So down one hill and up the other side and down one.....
The scenery was breathtaking as we checked out the job but I don't think I would feel the same way about doing it....actually it would be breathtaking...literally.
So there you go....
another job you probably have never thought about.


  1. These are the jobs, like mine, that you sometimes say "there just isn't enough money in the world to compensate me for this work," while other times you can't believe you actually get paid to do what you're doing. The bugs! The views! The danger! The wildlife!

  2. I love the idea of strange jobs. I once saw a documentary on TV about research into dung beetles. It was someone's job to roll little balls of dung for the beetles. Can't you see them at a party? "What do you do for a living?" "Oh, I roll dung balls". LOL

  3. What a blast - those powerline tracks are great fun eh !

    Bring on the weird and wonderful, I think we sometimes forget how things get how they are and who does it - maybe this could be a great link-in topic . . . .

    Hope you found some pepperberries to bring home though :)


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