It turns out that the helicopter is doing some maintenance work on the towers and/or electric wires on the section of the electrical transmission grid out in our neck of the woods. The helicopter and several men are working on the towers and lines in the view outside our front window. The helicopter actually appears to land on the towers (the picture to the right is of the helicopter on or near the tower) to do something and to lay cable between them as well as other operations. There are also men on two of the towers and the helicopter appears to be delivering insulators and other items. I wasn't able to get a picture of it hovering on or over a wire between the towers. Watching this has just amazed me! It makes me appreciate our electricity! To think that there are people doing this incredibly dangerous job is mind boggling. People putting their lives on the line every time they go to work. Can you imagine how stressful and dangerous it must be to work with the electrical lines from a helicopter, not to mention the height? There is not room for even the slightest error. Hopefully, the power is turned off where they are working. Not to mention that they have been working every day including Saturday, Sunday, and Martin Luther King Day from sometime before 8 in the morning (we hear the helicopter as early as 7 am) until after 5 pm in the evening--all the daylight hours we have this time of year. Imagine how cold it is climbing those metal towers. I have been guilty of taking electricity for granted and maybe most of us do--but we shouldn't. The jobs those men, or women, are doing are so necessary for our lifestyle, but oh my, can you imagine hovering over electric wires with a helicopter. Our military isn't the only occupation that offers up really dangerous jobs. My hat is off to those people--what a job they are doing.
Today we have snow, so the pictures seem a little out of touch. They were from yesterday (when I was really tempted to stay home and watch) early in the morning before we left for the stores. This morning we could hear a helicopter, but didn't see it, so we don't know if they are working again or it was a different helicopter.