Friday, August 05, 2005
We are traveling eastward across the vast prairies of Alberta. Our stay in Banff was a bit short but we did an estimate of our time and decided it was time to head back towards home. The scenery in Banff was spectacular but so vast that it would require a trip just for that. Barbara is driving and I am typing using my cellular connection. This is truly mobile blogging. I just wanted to be able to say I had done this.
This is a small sample of the endless fields of hay bales. Getting ready for winter is a big deal up here. Hundreds of square miles of hay bales extend in all directions. Preparing this for food for the animals in the winter is a major effort. We also saw fields of Canola and Wheat everywhere. Mostly dry prairie in the west but the moisture levels increased steadily as we drove east. Also, the more moisture, the rougher the roads. We observed that in our drive across the prairies. In the west where there is less rainfall the roads are smoother and nicer. When there is freezing and thawing of water on the ground they are rougher.
We passed another BIG wind electrical generating station at the location noted on the map. Electrical generation with wind seems to be a growing trend out here in the prairies both here and in the USA. We like that a lot. Making energy in harmony with Mother Nature. How great is that?