Drove to Amarillo and back today, crossing the Canadian River each way. Whenever I do this, I picture Edward and Marianne as they cross the great lochs.
I honestly don’t know how “engineeringly” possible this concept is. A few miles up the river from where I crossed, is Lake Meredith, which was created by damming up the Canadian River at a place where there’s a very pretty canyon. As I hiked the canyon, one day, I got to thinking what it would be like if the dam were as tall as the canyon walls, thereby making the water level with the surrounding prairies.
From there, the idea just grew. What if someone were to dam up not just the canyons, but the wider valleys? What if someone did that every few miles, creating a giant water barrier, like a moat? I know it would take a huge engineering feat, maybe larger than we are currently capable of. That’s a lot of water and that much water will push mightily on its banks, let alone a man-made dam.
Still, it’s an interesting prospect and, as I drive Highway 287 and come to the point where the loch would be about 4 miles wide, I imagine I’m driving under water. Or, I imagine what it would be like to just have a bridge that goes straight across the expanse. It’s a dry place, and some days you could jump across the actual water part of the river, so it’s interesting to picture what the area would be like with a body of water as big as what I’ve written.