I began 2011 with a quick-burst trip to Madison, Wis., to visit friends and have a conversation with journalists at the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, a cutting-edge, nonprofit journalistic organization housed at the University of Wisconsin.
Since I last drove through Northwest Indiana, a planned 600-turbine wind farm has sprouted along both sides of a 10-mile stretch of Interstate 65 just north of the Tippecanoe-White County line. A clerk at an unmarked BP station just off the highway said the turbines had been there about two years. An April 15, 2009, Associated Press article said the project is expected to take five years to complete.
While in Madison, I took a frigid photo stroll along State Street, a pedestrian-friendly, coffee-shop lined street that extends from the State Capitol through the heart of the UW campus, with a shore-side stop on a frozen Lake Mendota. We squeezed a trip to the Olbrich Botanical Gardens before I drove back through the windmills.