Rural Life in the UP of Michigan Some stories about life on 160 rural acres in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan

May 18, 2011

Goodbye Pennsylvania

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I’ve been able to spend some serious time this trip doing what I really enjoyed… watching big modern wind turbines run. The place Steve lives is in view of 10 or so turbines. The make a whoosh whoosh sound as the move in their majestic circles. I observed the operator feather one turbine’s blades so that it stopped rotating. I watched it start up again. I watched several rotate in response to a wind shift. These things are huge, and do not react quickly, but they do react visibly if you have the patience to watch for a while.

This has been a rainy vacation. It has rained most every day we’ve been gone, I’d say. This is undoubtedly good for the aquifers, but it changed our plans a couple of times. I can say, though, that if you like pretty green hills, valleys, streams, and rivers, you should consider a trip to the north central portion of Pennsylvania. I believe we’d like to come back again.


  1. I also love to watch the turbines dance… I really can’t understand why people would complain about having them nearby. Someday I’ll have to go visit my cousin in Illinois – a wind farm was recently installed in the fields around their house.

    Comment by Mel — May 19, 2011 @ 11:07 am

  2. Hi Ted,
    Glad you made it down to PA again…just make sure you don’t come down with a case of wind turbine syndrome!

    Comment by Trevor Peterson — May 21, 2011 @ 2:37 pm

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