|We pulled out of Coeur d'Alene to sunny skies. Boy, we have had really good weather for weeks now. The normal rains have not yet hit this part of the country at all. Our destination today is Ellensburg, Washington, a drive of just over 200 miles. There is a Passport America park there, very small & away from the city. Sounds good to us. Traveling west on I-90 we encountered a scenic pullout on the Columbia Plateau, a geologic and geographic region that lies across parts of the U.S. States of Washington, Oregon, and Idaho. It is a wide flood basalt plateau between the Cascade Range and the Rocky Mountains, cut through by the Columbia River. The views are amazing. After stretching our legs and giving Onyx a good walk we crossed the Columbia River on the Vantage Bridge into Vantage, Washington.
While on the plateau we read all the informational signs on the Wild Horse Wind Farm, a 229-megawatt wind farm that generates energy for Puget Sound Energy. It consists of one hundred forty-nine 1.8-megawatt Vestas V80 turbines and 2,273 solar panels on a 8,600-acre site 15 miles east of Ellensburg. The turbines are placed on the high open ridge tops of Whiskey Dick Mountain, which was chosen for its energetic wind resource, remote location, and access to nearby power transmission lines. The towers are 351 feet tall and weigh 270 tons, and each turbine blade is 129 feet long, with a total three blade rotor diameter of 264 feet, larger than the wingspan of a Boeing 747. The turbines can begin producing electricity with wind speeds as low as 9 mph and reach full production at 31 mph. They shut down at sustained wind speeds of 56 mph. I've always wondered about them, now I know, lol!
We found the Yakima River RV Park easily and got settled in just before dinner time. There were only two other rigs here and even though there were plenty of trees we locked into both our Internet & direct TV easily. Nice....Sometimes trees can be a real issue. So, that's it for now. Maybe I'll catch up to where we really are in the next few posts. Which is on the south end of the Olympic Peninsula. But we've been touring it heavily & actually spent one night in a motel room in Port Angeles. But more on that later!