Crow’s Nest Pass is a stretch of highway through the southern Canadian Rockies. I’m looking out my window at an amazing view which I fear this picture won’t communicate very well. Getting here, I’ve passed through one state and three provinces that are swarming with oil and gas exploration companies. It really was amazing to see only equipment hauling rigs and company pickups full of workers running up and down the roads. There was hardly anyone else traveling. Gas stations and small towns are struggling to deal with the numbers of workers looking for everything and anything. People who have lived their lives with almost no one around (North Dakota has half the people of metro Grand Rapids, Saskatchewan about the same as the Michigan city), now have to remind the hundreds who come in daily not to track drilling mud into my store or restaurant. It’s a little like tourist season around Elk Rapids. It’s great to have the customers, but hard to take the crowds. Funny thing; I only saw one drilling site the whole time and it was just being constructed.
As I entered the mountains west of Lethbridge, the scenery changed in two ways. The country got a lot more up and down and there were wind turbines lined up across the ridges. I think they are beautiful. Like dancers or acrobats, they cartwheel in synchronized rows. I know they can’t produce all the power we need, but it’s nice to see them at work.
I’ve talked/written about the power of the wind before and how it reminds me that the words for Spirit in the bible are also the name for the wind. Funny how 21st century technology gives us a new understanding of Jesus’ words, “the wind blows where it will and you can’t see it, but you can recognize its power.”
I’ll post some more pictures when it clears up more.