9315 UPS Replacement & The Palo Duro Canyon

Recently I had the opportunity to work with one of my healthcare clients out in Amarillo, TX. They had been running an old Powerware 9315 UPS which had reached its end-of-service-life. It was time for the replacement so while in town for the project I was able to camp at the rim of the Palo Duro Canyon. You feel miles away from civilization however it’s just a quick 30 minute drive to Amarillo (zero traffic compared to DFW).

I wasn’t able to camp in the State Park due to a last minute construction schedule change (thanks Covid!), but the Palo Duro Rim RV Campground was literally a stones-throw from the park entrance.The RV park was great, booking and check-in is online and very simple, and the location is great (both for the park, and if you’re going into the town of Canyon or Amarillo). It’s quite a bit of a drive from the park’s entrance to their camp sites so if you want plan on going into town, the Palo Duro Rim RV Campground might be a better option. You can learn more about the folks where I camped at https://www.palodurozip.com/camping.html

For more info on the State Park, go to palodurocanyon.com

There’s really something special about this part of Texas. Sure the wind is always blowing, the spiders are crazy massive, and I’m pretty sure the fire ants actually breath fire when they bite you. However, the views are amazing, and the people completely offset the arid landscape and rough edges for sure. The locals are laid back, super friendly, and a true joy to work with.

Included below are job site and Palo Duro pics. I’m definitely looking forward to more projects out that way. Or, just a mountain bike and camping trip with the kiddos could work too……….

If you have questions about how I might help on your upcoming UPS replacement project, or if you just want to chat about visiting the Palo Duro Canyon, just sent me a note.

Early morning drive to the job site from camp.

Old 9315 getting ready for an upgrade!

Inside the belly of the beast!
About to set in place! (1) new Eaton 93PM 40kW N+1 with 3-breaker sidecar bypass coming up.
Getting things wired up.
Steve K., one of our outstanding Customer Support Engineers getting rolling on the startup process.
One of the many great views just at the top of the Palo Duro Canyon, just inside the State Park.
One of the many spots to pull over once you’re down inside the canyon, taken just from the road.
One of the many prickly pear patches I saw through the park.
Another great little spot driving through the park.
Found this big guy (girl?, tarantula? no idea) while I was waiting for my Weber grill to warm up.
No doubt the largest spider I’ve ever seen outside of a zoo.
Tailgate Dinner Time!
An awesome West Texas sunset to wrap up a great project and quick trip to the Palo Duro Canyon.

Author: nathanwhaley.blog

Nathan is an Account Executive & Project Engineer with Critical Site Solutions, a North Texas based firm in the mission critical construction and services industry. A husband to the most amazing wife ever, and a dad to 3 of the coolest kids on the planet! Likes: most activities & places considered "outdoors", building things, modern architecture & design, and enjoying life while living just a bit outside the lines of normal.

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