Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Cotton & Wind Turbines in Texas


RV miles traveled were 1,465 – taking us approximately 3.5 days to arrive in Terlingua TX.  Traveling was good and brought no unexpected surprises for us.  Some interesting sights that always catch our eye are the landscape of the country that we travel.  Since our travels to this area are much earlier than our first trip just this past April, we were quick to notice the cotton fields that seemed endless.  And of course, new facts to share with our followers:

·        Texas is the leading cotton producing state at 5.5 million bales (3 yr. avg 2010-2012).
·        China is the largest grower for the same period at a whopping 33 million bales.
·        A bale weighs 500 lbs.
·        Cotton is planted Feb 1 in So Texas and harvesting begins July to late Nov.
·        One bale of cotton can make 1,217 men’s T-shirts or 313,600 $100 bills (WOW!).
·        There are currently 18,600 cotton farms in the US

Now, we get to the wind turbines – or wind generators as some of us call them.
We are always amazed by these beautiful structures that line the landscape.  The technical side of how they work can become a confusing explanation to the lay person, but we put together a couple of facts (from various Google sites) for you.

·        Wind turbines generate electricity from the kinetic power of the wind.
·        Large groups of wind turbines are called “wind farms”.
·        Wind turbines can reach speeds at the tip of over 200 mph and the tips can reach heights up to 650 feet.
·        The cost today for these commercial-scale turbines roughly ring in at a whopping $3-$4 million, installed.

Until our next update,
Hugs to all ~

Kay & Jeff

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mother Nature's Autumn Colors

Colorful leaves wave as they fall . . .

to wish


to one and all!

The road leading to our home

Our view seen on our daily walks from our house.
Just down the road from where we live.

Pampas Grass in the sunlight.

Our travels will begin on Oct 21, as we leave our home in Wisconsin.  Our journey takes us back to Terlingua TX, where we will be staying to enjoy friends, warm weather, Jeep adventures in the high desert & mountains outside of Big Bend National Park and the infamous Terlingua Chili Cookoff the 1st weekend in November!

Plans for Dec 1, will take us into Arizona (via a short route through New Mexico) where we plan to boondock on the many BLM areas in the state.  California is also on the agenda to try and hook up with some friends who live in Mission Viejo.  So many places to visit and share with everyone. 

. . . until our next Blog update!

Hugs to all ~

Kay & Jeff