Our host at the Casa Diablo geothermal power plant, operations manager Andy gives the class an overview of geothermal power production
Andy fields questions on geothermal energy from the class.
The group gets a good view of the geothermal facility
Andy shows off the heat exchange unit.
The group gets a view of the new segment of the plant.
The Casa Diablo geothermal power plant.
Andy shows off the isobutane turbines, while Cassie looks on.
Group shot at the Conway Summit overlook.
Bodie, California--one of the best preserved mining towns in the West.
Our lunch stop at Bodie State Park.
Mrs. Hoover fields questions from the group.
Our tour guide is "Mrs. Hoover", the wife of the mill manager and sister in law to Herbert Hoover.
Mrs. Hoover explains the history and technology of mining and milling at Bodie
Mrs. Hoover explains the technology of the rock crushers to a few prospective mill workers outside the stamp mill.
The group relaxes for a moment under the mill's ore trestle.
Inside the mill, Mrs. Hoover explains how the stamp mill operates.
At the museum, Jessica demonstrates her 'five pika salute'!
Looking for clues in the famous Bodie scavenger hunt.
A preserved fragment of mining machinery.
To further explore hydrothermal processes, the group visits the Travertine Hot Springs near Bridgeport.
A beautiful hot spring with a spectacular view of the Sierras.
Matt enjoys the hot bath with a beautiful travertine deposit in the background.
Enjoying the late afternoon sunshine...
Matt explores his primal being.
The volcanic mud makes for a perfect spa experience.
Cassie, Isabella, Chris, Elizabeth, and Emily recline in the travertine pools.
Emily, Elizabeth, Gwen, Chris and Jesse pose after their first encounter with a geothermal hot spring.
What a great way to end the day--dinner at Dave and Linda Dore's house.
Gwen and Dublin check out the scenery from Dave and Linda's house
Gwen shows off her charades skills while her teammates try to guess what the heck she's doing.
Dave uses all his energies to get Blair to pick up on his clue.
Ryan tries valiantly to convey the world's most difficult charades challenge.