Traveling from Albuquerque, NM, to Lubbock, TX, on Monday was a challenge. The winds were ferocious, the gritty sand colored the air brown, and we played Frogger with the tumbleweeds that darted across the freeways. But we made it to Lubbock without incident and enjoyed an afternoon visit with our friend, Keith, and then dinner at Outback with him and his son, Reed. It was so good to see them again.
Tuesday we drove from Lubbock to Temple. The winds were mild and the drive was pleasant. However, just about the time we got in to Temple the winds picked up again.
Considering all the wind we've encountered, it's no surprise that Snyder, Texas, is the location of one of the largest wind turbine farms in the country. They were lined up as far as the eye could see, on both sides of the road, for several miles.
At one point I asked Dan to pull over so I could take a few pictures. He did better than that. He drove off the highway, down a dirt service road, right up close to some of the turbines. We got out of the car and walked over to the base of one of them. From the base, the sound of these giant blades cutting through the air was eerie.
That's Dan standing at the base of the wind turbine (see red arrow).
The shadow cast by the turbine.