Spinning and Spinning


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Wind turbines are huge. If a manager has an employee who’s developing an overinflated sense of self importance, they need only to take them to a wind farm to remind them of how small they are. 

Wind farms are one of my favorite sights out here on the road. Equally impressive is seeing the pieces of the turbines being hauled from factory to farm.

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Welcome sign in Sweetwater, Texas

Tiny bit of a windfarm

The biggest windfarm I’ve seen was in north west Texas. Nolan County has more than 1000 turbines, according to sweetwatertexas.org. Wyoming, New Mexico, Colorado, Indiana, California and Nebraska are a few other states boasting windfarms and many of them are producing a serious amount of electricity. Fortune.com says wind energy is closing the gap on fossil fuels in cost effectiveness. Solar is still behind wind energy. Of course, both solar and wind energy vary in their cost depending on where you are. The way I figure it, the more options we have, the better. 

That’s all for now, friends. Until next time, drive safely 🙂 

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Rest Areas #4

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Yesterday morning we were cruising past hardwood trees covered in tiny, new leaves. The temperature was 65°F as we watched the northwest Texas scenery speed past. This evening we are sitting in Colorado Springs watching snow fall and it’s 21°F. I decided I prefer the Texas weather, so I’m highlighting a rest area we visited in that state recently.

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Located in Gray County, Texas, this particular rest area highlights wind energy and features an old windmill and informative displays inside.

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Situated around the outside of the building are seating areas with overhangs resembling teepees.

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Signs warning visitors to watch for snakes were a bit sobering. I obeyed willingly.

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Desert grasslands surrounded the area and a telescopic viewing machine was available for seeing what was farther out. I saw a house, but, thankfully, no snakes. image

Unlike many rest areas we see, this one had plenty of truck parking. image

Our initial reason for stopping was a bathroom break. We found the facilities modern and well kept. This rest area was definitely a nice bit of oasis along a highway in one of many parts of Texas where the continuous sight of wide open ranchland can get old.
Until next time readers, drive safely out there 😀