We dashed across Kansas twice last weekend: once we dashed west, once we dashed east. In between we visited, ate, and slept. We even saw a 43-acre lake that has all drained away. (This was meaningful to me since my 2.5 acre lake does the same thing. I suppose the folk in the community who financed the lake aren’t as philosophical as I am about a leaky lake.) We also learned about this unfortunate woman in a nearby county.
The most amazing part of our trip, however, was passing a huge collection of windmills in central Kansas. I was unprepared for these. They were huge and there were dozens and dozens of them. Most were spinning lazily far above the brown prairie. They looked like giants, and I know that some people have tilted against them trying to prevent their arrival and now lamenting that they have.
I wish I could have gotten better photos of them, but there was no contrast with the overcast sky, and we were hurtling past them at the legal limit.
They looked alien out there on the plains of Kansas, and not alien as in out-of-place alien but alien as in not-of-this-world alien.
I remember when these were proposed there was a lot of objection to them, but I don’t know what the arguments were. We had driven this route back in September, and the dozens of windmills weren’t rising above the plains then. They’ve gone up over the winter, and for all I know, more will rise in the area.
I don’t know the economics or technology involved. I don’t know if these are experimental or busy producing energy for the grid. (I do know that the enlightened governor of Kansas did veto the building of a coal-fired power plant last year.)
- First day of spring/vernal equinox: day and night are equal in length.
Today in Missouri history:
- On this date in 1808 the first issue of the Missouri Gazette, the first newspaper in Missouri, appears in St. Louis.
- George Caleb Bingham, Missouri portraitist and regionalist painter who gained a national reputation, was born on this date in 1811.