Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Mt Rainier...and telephone wires??

When we were in Seattle a couple of weeks ago, we drove out of town to see if we could actually get a glimpse of Mt. Rainier...you know, that 14,000ft mountain that is actually on the list of "The World's Most Dangerous Volcanoes"?! 

We discovered that we did not have to drive very far before Mt. Rainier appeared before you...almost majestic...to the point that you actually had to pull the car over just to stop and really take in all its beauty.  We wished that we had had enough time on this trip to go to the Mt. Rainier National Park and get even closer to it and all the glaciers that you can find there, but alas, there just were not enough days to see and do everything on our list! However we do consider ourselves lucky that we got to see it, even if it was from a distance!

However when we got back to Denmark and I loaded all the pictures on my computer, I noticed something.... well, something BESIDES how handsome my Viking looks standing in front of Mt. Rainier.....I noticed the TELEPHONE WIRES! 

Growing up in the US, I never really paid attention to them, but when I got home with my fabulous pics, all "tainted" with telephone wires in front of this amazing mountain, I started to look around me in DK for those same wires, but discovered there are none. Yes, for those of you who think I live in a real "Viking land with no modern conveniences", we DO have telephones! Which means we do have telephone wires, but Mads told me that they have been buried underground for quite some time; in fact, he was quite shocked that they are still strung from pole to pole in the US.  So now I am wondering... WHY? And do the city planners around the US have any plans to bury those lines anytime in the future???

I never really thought about this before.....  but now I am totally curious! 


Anonymous said...

Great shots! So majestic... We have lines strung on poles, but in all newer building areas, they are being buried underground.

Nuno said...

Burying the line is expensive and causes a lot of disturbance to the environment. It also means digging up the lines when the need rises. So, all in all, it has its problems.

But well done for seeing such a beautiful mountain. I'm jealous. I'm not fortunate enough to escape from Denmark as often as you. I miss seeing beautiful nature. Denmark is so barren, don't you think? With most of the land turned over to growing grass for grazing, no hedgerows for wildlife, few trees except the odd clump of conifers grown to protect farmhouses from the wind, it is such a bleak little land.

Oh to be somewhere like in your beautiful picture with beautiful viking-ess.

Archaeogoddess said...

Most states can barely afford to pave their major roads - bury the telephone wires? Bwaahahahahahaha!

New construction areas might bundle the telephone with the fiber-optic cables, but I doubt they'll get around to burying the rest before we all move to cell phones and wireless and they just take all the phone lines down.

Annemette Kuhlmann said...

We've been told that it's because landowners here in the States are pretty hard to work with;o)
If the telephone company places a pole on someones land, the telephone company pays for the space the pole takes up, but if you decide to place a long wire, underground you'll have to pay the landowner a way larger amount of money for the space the wire takes up (even though it's underground!)
Capitalism ;o)
Beautiful, beautiful mountain!!! I really have to go there!

Annemette Kuhlmann said...

Oh, just a little ekstra thing about the wires.....
Even though they seem to always be in the way for a beautiful view, I enjoy them this time of year, when the birds gather in large amounts on the wires before going further south for winter.....
That is quite spectacular!

Nuno said...

Good point about the birds sitting on the wires. It is quite spectacular.

I actually find the modern windmill more of an eyesore than power lines or telephone lines. The way they are springing up over the Danish countryside is quite alarming. There seems to be a new cluster of them every other month.

I guess it's the price we have to pay for green energy.