Sunday, February 24, 2008
We are in up Maine's tippy top--what is referred to as The County. Aroostoock County encompasses 6,672 square miles--larger than the states of Rhode Island, Connecticut and Delaware.
Aroostock County is known for its potato harvest. Up here school starts in early August so that the kids can take a few weeks off for the harvest in the Fall. It is also known for housing the facility for the U.S. Biathlon team. The County has a strong Nordic heritage which is why we are here. C is racing in a nordic race this afternoon in Caribou.
As we drove north on Route 1 and passed through the town of Mars Hill we got a good view of the wind farm on top of the ski mountain. The 28 wind turbines furnsh enough electricity to power 45,000 average Maine homes when it is operating at capacity. It doesn't do any harm to the landscape--it's already a ski resort which isn't exactly natural. I looked at the mountain and the turbines and imagined pieces of glaciers coming back out of the ocean and re-attaching to the ice shelves from which they had fallen--I imagined polar bears and penguins.