When we blogged about the trip over on I-90 I neglected to mention the extreme heat we encountered along the way. At the lowest point on the first day of our trip (a bridge across the Spokane River) the thermometer peaked at 108 degrees.
The next day when we passed through the massive wind turbine farm above the Columbia River Gorge east of Ellensburg I noted that, as is the norm, there was little movement. On this peak cooling and electricity consumption day, the blades turned on probably one-third of the turbines and slowly rotated at that. I would venture a guess that perhaps ten percent of the electrical generation capacity was actually being realized. As per normal, alternative and renewable energy, alternative and renewable energy, alternative and renewable energy, say it five, ten, fifteen, a hundred or a thousand times and elect someone who says that for you -- that will make it work, Okay?
|F/V Northwestern of Deadliest Catch fame, docked at|
its home port, Salmon Bay above Ballard locks,
As we crossed over the Cascades and cruised down to Seattle temperatures cooled to the mid-90s due to the influence of the Pacific Ocean. We settled in and have been in Seattle since.
You could call it my home away from home, in that Seattle is the city I've spent more time in than any other place that I have not actually settled in my sixty plus years on this earth. My first visit was 53 years previous.
The Seattle's World's Fair
My first trip to Seattle was a family vacation in our blue Chevrolet sedan to attend the 1962 Seattle's World Fair, formally known as The Century 21 Exposition -- a trip which, along the way, revealed to us the beauty and wonders of Montana for the first time. The World's Fair -- two states and multiple mountain ranges west -- promised excitement and wonder as well. It laid claim to mapping the technological and cultural map for the almost impossibly far out to imagine 21st Century.