It’s been on my bucket list for quite some time to take a dam tour. Partly for educational purposes, but mostly so I can make some dam tour jokes along the way.
For $5 per person, we were able to take a tour of the Glen Canyon Dam that dams the Colorado River, creating Lake Powell. When the dam was built during the 1960’s, it cost $245 million to build. Since the 1960’s it has generated over $3.1 billion of proceeds from energy sales.
We were greeted by an 83 year old tour guide who had been giving dam tours for 20 years. His sense of humor was dry. He told several jokes along the way, even answering people’s questions in a joking manner. At one point, the know-it-all of the tour group (you know who these people are) made a half statement/half question to challenge our guide. “I’ve heard that Lake Powell has more shore-line than the entire state of California,” he boasted. Our tour guide responded with this: “No. <pause> It has more shoreline than the entire West Coast. You were close.” Our group laughed and this set the tone for the rest of the tour.
Our guide was full of information, but mostly it was neat to be able to take dam photos from a different perspective and make dam jokes all day. For some reason, they don’t get old.
More adventures tomorrow…