NYPA Visitors Center Offers Virtual Adventures For Arm-Chair Travelers

Steve Ramsey

March 1, 2012


NORTH BLENHEIM—Travel the world without leaving the neighborhood at the New York Power Authority’s annual World Travelogue series held every Sunday in March at the Blenheim-Gilboa Pumped Storage Power Project’s admission-free visitors center. This year’s hassle-free journeys include virtual adventures hiking on the Tahoe Rim trail, canoeing on the Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers and biking on the highways and byways of America.
The presentations will be held at 2 p.m. in the visitors center theater with free refreshments served after each presentation. No long airport security delays and you should be home in time for dinner. 

The schedule is as follows:

March 4: Travel with Erick Schlimmer on a “feet” of endurance as he hikes 165 miles around the perimeter of Lake Tahoe.

March 11: Karen Brueck shares her experiences biking across America.

March 18: Eric Schlimmer takes us by canoe down the Susquehanna and Delaware Rivers.

March 25: Dr. Tom Denham shares his experiences traveling to Mount Shasta, the second largest peak in the Cascade Mountains in California.

Admission is free, but seating is limited so those planning to attend are asked to call 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 also 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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