NYPA’s Annual Travelogue Series Offers Hassle-Free Adventure

Steve Ramsey

March 4, 2011


NORTH BLENHEIM—Travel through space and time without leaving the neighborhood at the New York Power Authority’s annual World Travelogue series on Sundays in March.   This year’s hassle-free journeys include virtual trips to India, Vietnam, Grand Teton National Park and a bike tour from Canada to Mexico.
It all takes place at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project’s admission-free visitors center. No passports necessary and you should be home in time for dinner.  The presentations will be held at 2 p.m. in the visitors center theater, with refreshments served after each presentation.

The schedule is as follows:

March 6: Travel with Peg and Bob Farrell and discover the exciting, mysterious and culturally rich countries of India and Vietnam.

March 13: Had your fill of winter? Bask in the warmth of the sun, sand, sea and the friendly people of the Caribbean island of Eden –one of the world’s most pleasure filled destination.

March 20:  Experience the armchair adventure of a lifetime as Dr. Thomas J. Denham describes his latest climbing expedition at Grand Teton National Park. Come see his slides and find out why he calls it “a once in a lifetime achievement.”

March 27: Travel along with Erik Schlimmer on his “Expedition to Success” – a mountain bike journey from Canada to Mexico. Ever wonder what’s it like to spend two months on wheels? Come find out!

Admission is free, but seating is limited so those planning to attend are asked to call 1-800-724-0309 for reservations. Guests are also invited—before and after the presentations— to enjoy the visitors center’s attractions, which include hands-on exhibits for people of all ages and abilities. Visitors can learn how this pumped-storage power project acts like a giant battery, generating hydroelectricity while recycling water between two huge reservoirs. Other displays demonstrate the basics of electricity, energy production and conservation.

The Blenheim-Gilboa Visitors Center is located on Route 30, five miles north of Grand Gorge, 17 miles south of Middleburgh and 50 miles southwest of Albany. School groups and community organizations are welcome. For more information, visit www.nypa.gov.

About NYPA:

■ The New York Power Authority uses no tax money or state credit. It finances its operations through the sale of bonds and revenues earned in large part through sales of electricity. ■ NYPA is a leader in promoting energy efficiency, new energy technologies and electric transportation initiatives. ■ It is the nation's largest state public power organization, with 17 generating facilities in various parts of New York State and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. ■ Approximately 80 percent of the electricity it produces is clean renewable hydropower.  Its lower-cost power production and electricity purchases support hundreds of thousands of jobs throughout the state. ■For more information, www.nypa.gov.


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