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Date: 4-23-2006 10:15 PM
Subject: Today's field trip: Windmills and a temple
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Tags:altamont pass, field trip, niles canyon, sunol water temple, windmill
Today's field trip: Windmills and a temple

Today D. and I went to the Altamont Pass wind farm to take some pictures. The windmills were spinning away and humming a high-pitched whine.

The Altamont Pass wind farm is controversial because migrating raptors often get hurt there in the turbine blades. Today I saw only living turkey vultures, hawks, crows, meadowlarks, killdeer and red-winged blackbirds.

On the way home we took the scenic route through the lovely Niles Canyon. The canyon road paralleled the Niles Canyon Railway and Alameda Creek. On the way we passed by the Sunol Water Temple, but the access road was closed. We will have to return on a weekday to get a closer look.

We came home an had a very red dinner. Actually, the redness started yesterday when we had beet soup. Dinner today included red chard, red strawberries and red quinoa. A green salad plus steamed cauliflower and baby squashes provided the counterpoint. Yum!

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