Journal for Monday, May 17 -- Scroll down to read the journal. Click each photo to see a larger view.
We got there at 6:15 A.M. and everyone was wearing blaze
orange. We loaded the buses and took off. When we arrived at Lake Benton
we saw lots of wind generators. They were 223 feet tall and the blades
were 70-80 feet long and made of fiberglass. The generators could power
250 homes each. They wouldn’t be blown over even by 180 mile per
hour winds because they were anchored by 400 tons of cement 20 feet deep
which the tower was bolted to.
(Entry from the second group)
Today we ventured to the Buffalo Ridge Wind generators, Pipestone National Monument, and Devil’s Gulch. The highest wind generators were 223 feet high, with 70 foot long blades. They need 8 m.p.h. winds to work. Power from these generators go to a 5 state region.
At Pipestone National Monument we saw a sacred quarry for
the Native Americans. The waterfall was cool. We saw a girl that was carved
from the pipestone. She was pretty cool. There was strange black stuff
on some of the rocks outside.
It was a fun day.