When we'd left their mountaintop my uncle had suggested that by following Route 30 we would come across some of "his" windmills. Some?! Well, blow me down-- we came across LOTS!!
As I've written in earlier posts, the trip across the state is one we've done many, many times before on the Turnpike. From the Turnpike you can see windmills slowly spinning in the distance as you pass the ridges near Somerset, but they are relatively few and quite far off.
OBVIOUSLY, we had to stop. The Barn Murals were just the beginning of our photo-op-awakening and now I was primed to seek out interesting roadside attractions. By golly-gee, this qualified!
My only regret with these pictures is that our vanity plate had not arrived prior to the trip... so we just had the "dumb" random alphanumeric plate. I haven't "debuted" our vanity plate officially on the blog yet so I'll keep it quiet for now-- but suffice it to say I now feel compelled to stop here again and retake the pictures WITH the plate!
If you do go on this detour, you'll be happy to note that there are ample shoulders on the roadway here and it is nearly arrow straight (though rolling) so positioning your car for the best pictures is pretty easy. Honestly, were it not for my restless family members slowly warming up inside the locked car (because I had to make sure the door handles retracted for the photos!) I would have varied the pictures more and played with the perspective. Another reason to go back, I suppose!
I think taking a picture from this side of the road you could probably get parked just off the pavement and surround by the wild grass... but alas... was not to be on this trip.
There are a few places you can pull farther off the road but I don't think you can get a car appreciably closer to an actual windmill without trespassing or being more adventurous than you probably should be in a road car.
It's as good a time as any to remind you-- or inform you, as the case may be-- that clicking on any of the pictures on this blog will give you a larger/full screen view of that picture. I'm not suggesting my photography skills will land Serena on desktops worldwide as beautiful wallpaper, but at least you can get a better look at the map below and other details. Wallpaper fame would be cool though, y'know.
Eventually my family made their impatience subtly known and it was time to continue along the ridge. Our next stop wouldn't be as scenic, but is was important. I'd been wanting to go there for years but had never worked up the nerve to go... and there was no compelling reason to put it off any longer. I climbed back in the car and as I pulled back out onto the beautiful byway I couldn't help but think to myself: "Let's roll."
Click HERE to read about the road trip from the beginning.
Click HERE for Part 8: Honoring a Place I Avoided.
Video clips from the first leg of our road trip-- if you haven't seen them already: