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Farming of a Different Kind - Wind

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Madame, bear in mind, that Princes govern all things--save the wind.
Quote by Victor Hugo

Bennett Creek and Hot Springs Windfarm - Idaho

 

For the last 2 months or so I have been seeing the big towers in the distance. As I'm leaving Mountain Home AFB traveling back to town, the sun hits the white towers sitting at a distance of about 22 miles as the crow flies. They are easily recognizable as wind mills but I knew very little about them. So on Saturday May 3rd, 2008 I decided to find out more about our area's newest farming product...Energy! My destination was the Bennett Creek and Hot Springs Windfarms.

Look at the wind mill from a distance only

 

Getting a Close Look
To get a close up look, one just needs to drive east from Mountain Home on Interstate 84. Get off on Exit 99 head east on the Old Oregon Trail Road. Follow your eyes and the road and you'll eventually pull up to the first group of wind mills within 20 minutes. There are two groups of 10 wind mills each sitting in a farmers field. There are signs tell you not to get too close without prior permission but stopping along side the road was enough for me. Unfortunately the wind mills were not in action on the day I was there. I'm sure it would be quite impressive to watch these things in full motion.

Impressive windmill near Mountain Home, Idaho

 

 

Size of the New Crops
- Each wind mill is about 400 feet tall and are pretty impressive when standing just 30 yards away.
- During full operations this new farm is suppose to be capable of providing enough power for almost 9,000 households.
- For the scientific types, the total energy output will be around 42,000 kilowatts.
- Traditional farming continues undisturbed during energy production. Talk about agricultural multi-tasking.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:33

1920's Brochure Excerpts About Bruneau Canyon, Idaho

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For those of you who are new to the Mountain Home area or just haven't found the time to explore the area south of our fine city, I thought I'd give you some insight into this area. The following are excerpts from a brochure written by Robert W. Limbert in 1927. Mr. Limbert worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and apparently fell in love with the beauty of Idaho just like me and most other Idahoans.

Getting to Bruneau Canyon in 1927 - Idaho Stagelines
1920's travel plans

“Bruneau Canyon in Southern Idaho is one of deepest narrow canyons in the world. This defile is so deep and precipitous that for a distance of sixty-seven miles there is only one place where it is possible to get a horse down to water, and there are but four places where a man can climb down.”

“In places the canyon is so narrow, it is possible to throw a rock across it; in othersa rock can be dropped for a sheer fall of twenty-one seconds before it strikes the side, only to bounce onward to the bottom far below.”

“It is reached by stage (coach) from Mountain Home, Idaho, to the town of Bruneau, where arrangements can be made and conveyances secured for the remainder of the thirty-mile journey.”

Bruneau Canyon in 2008 - Idaho Resident
Getting the wide view of our Canyons near Mountain Home, Idaho

In the eighty years since Robert Limbert wrote the above words, many things have changed but in Bruneau Canyon, time seems to have stood still. The canyon depths are still “almost” as inaccessible and if gas prices continue to rise, a stage coach may be the only affordable way to travels it length.

For those of you that would like to visit Bruneau Canyon and see an amazing geoloogic wonder right in our own backyard, I have provided a map.  Click the "Read more"...link below

Last Updated on Thursday, 05 November 2009 09:59 Read more...

Trip Report – Owyhee's Poison Creek Cutoff Road

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The weather forecast for Sunday April 20th, 2008 wasn't exactly encouraging for exploring Vinson Wash off of Poison Creek Cutoff along what I'm calling the Front Range of Owyhee Mountains. But we decided to give it a try any way. The winds were rather brisk...gusting in the 25-35 mph range in places. We ran into a quick snow shower on the way south but nothing that would stop us from exploring the Idaho high desert.

Windy day with April snow showers in Idaho

 

Getting There
We headed south on Mud Flat Road and then took a right on Poison Creek Cutoff road which is a gravel road. Our destination was Vinson Wash and access was supposed to be on an unnamed dirt road I found on a BLM Map. Using our trusty GPS unit, we found the unnamed road but it didn't look like a place I should be traveling in a truck that isn't 4-Wheel Drive. So we continued heading west and a little north on Poison Creek Cutoff a little longer. With little knowledge of exactly where Vinson was located we found a promising shallow wash, parked the truck and started exploring. The best part of exploring in Idaho isn't knowing where you are but the exploration itself. I later determined we were likely in Vinson Wash.

What We Found
As we walked up the wash, we found some pretty cool rocks, great views and some wild flowers. We also discovered that dog is very impatient when it comes to stopping and kicking around in the dirt. She just wants to go, go and go some more. See a photo album from this trip below.

 

 

Click on the Photo above to see a slideshow of pictures from this trip.

Other Things We Saw
Some of the farmers along Mud Flat Road were watering their fields and we noticed small patches of ice mainly around the active sprinkler valves. With my truck thermometer registering temperatures in the low-mid 40's F, I thought it was unusual to see these patches of ice on the fields. Then it dawned on me that the ice was likely caused by the evaporative cooling process. In other words the atmosphere was so dry that the cooling effects from the farmers watering and low dew point temperatures below freezing, cooled the air down to below freezing. Magically ice forms when the free air temperature is well above freezing! Cool theory huh?

Ice forms from evaporative cooling near Mountain Home Idaho
Picture is not from this trip!!!!!

See maps from where the above photo album were taken on 20 April 2008 by:
Click the "Read more..." link below.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 12:11 Read more...

An Idaho Day Too Beautiful to Take Bad Pictures

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Bennett Hills - Anderson Dam Rd

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North Of Mountain Home, Idaho

Sunday April 13th, 2008 was a beautiful day in southern Idaho. The sun was shining, the skies a deep blue and the winds were relatively light. Temperatures topped out in the upper 70's or least that is what my thermometer said.

We decided to take a quick trip into the mountains north of Mountain Home. Within 40 minutes we were stopped at a turn out on Tollgate Road off Highway 20. A quick walk up a small hillside provided us with a great view of Mountain Home from above. There were small patches of snow in the more protected places in this area.

We spent about 30 minutes on the hill looking at rock, plants and the great view. We then hopped back into the truck and made out way west on Tollgate Road / Immigrant Road. The mountains and views remained pretty much constant the entire way. Once we hit the bottom of the hill on this road we turned around and headed back to Highway 20. We had to contend with a few curious cows but that is to be expected I guess. Not a problem for me.

Then we headed for the Anderson Dam Road off Highway 20. Being too new to the area, this was going to be our first trip down this road. As anyone in Mountain Home can tell you, the mountains are still holding on to their snow pack. The vista's were awesome driving on Highway 20 and on the Anderson Dam Road. We didn't feel like going much further and spotted a place to park along side the road. There was obviously a canyon of some type just a short walk through about 6 inches of snow. We got some mighty cool picture along this canyon.

Idaho is a wonderful place to explore. Check on back here for more pictures and see what the Bondy's in Southern Idaho are up to. It's our “life just off Interstate 84 in Idaho”.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 03 November 2009 11:47

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