Saturday, August 15, 2009
If you are planning on camping and you pass a wind farm, drive away, drive very far away.
This wind farm is on the southern border of Washington state. There are hundreds of wind turbines there. They are huge! See that itty bitty crane in the picture? No, it is not a toy. We passed a few truckloads of wind turbine parts on the highway. They were over-sized loads. One propeller blade took up one extra long semi-truck bed. The sheer enormity of the things is mind boggling. The people who work with these humongous pieces of metal must be extremely brave.
Obviously, this is a very windy place. It's right off the Columbia River. We drove a long way after we saw this wind farm before we stopped to camp. Apparently we did not drive far enough. The wind blew all night long. Good for the capturing of electricity. Bad for the people in the tent. Still, amazing to see.