Sunday, March 16, 2008

Sunday scooter ride

Earlier today my neighbor Will and I took a ride around Dry Creek Valley. It was my first long trip (about 12 miles) on my Oxygen Lepton.

I’ve known Will since he was four years old. This was our first mini-road trip together. In his twenties and recently back from his second tour of duty in Iraq, Will rode his new motorcycle, slowing way down so he could stay with me as I got used to my sleek black and gray 230 pound behemoth. We stopped at the halfway mark, the Dry Creek Store, so I could check the LED screen on my scooter. When I got back home, I plugged it in, using mostly geothermal power from the nearby Geysers, the largest geothermal development in the world. Over 50% of the electrical energy for my town, Healdsburg, comes from the Geysers.

I’m leaving this afternoon for my son’s ranch out near the Geysers, to help take care of my 13 month-old twin grandchildren. I won’t be posting until I return home on Tuesday.

(photo of Will and me taken in front of the Dry Creek Store, source of the photo of the store; photo of the Geysers: U.S. Dept. of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy)


Dan Gurney, Mr. Kindergarten said...

I could be wrong, but based on what an electrician told me just about ALL of our electrical energy comes from the Geysers. The Geysers provides 60% of the energy for a much bigger area according to the Wiki article you linked--i.e. all of Nor Cal Coastal region:

Quoting Wiki: "The Geysers provides electricity to Sonoma, Lake, Mendocino, Marin, and Napa counties. It is estimated that the development meets 60 percent of the power demand for the coastal region between the Golden Gate Bridge and the Oregon state line."

Gail Jonas said...

I thought a greater percentage of Healdsburg's electricity was came from the Geysers, but I Googled the question and found "over 50%" at a local green website. I'm curious, so I'll check up on this and let you know what I found from a source in our city government.

If it's a lot more, I'll feel even better about riding my scooter!