No, we didn’t climb it, we took the tram. 🙂 My son and his friends did climb it, though.
We drove up to Valley Station of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, which was already at 2643 feet above sea level. The ten-minute tram ride took us up the remaining eight thousand-or-so feet.
Here’s our tram.
This is the “World’s Largest Rotating Tramcar,” which means there are no bad seats. It also means you can’t really hold onto the railing because it moves too. Once everyone got used to that, it was a lot easier. Some people didn’t want to let go. 🙂
And, we’re off. I’m not a fan of heights, but for some reason looking down didn’t bother me. Whenever we crossed one of those tower things, there was a big bump and that was a little scary. Kind of like when the ferris wheel suddenly stops at the top. Strangely, looking at the surrounding rocks made me feel a little faint:
Just told myself I was in an airplane and tried to keep my footing while taking photos in a vehicle that went up as well as around. The tramcar rotated slowly, so I didn’t have to worry about shutter speed so much. It wasn’t that late in the day, but the mountain was already blocking out the sun.
A partial view of Palm Springs down below. Those white things on the left? Wind turbine generators, otherwise known as windmills. They generate a lot of power for the Palm Springs area.
Almost near the top. Trees and snow! When we left Palm Springs, it was 85F. The temp at the top of the mountain was 55F.
More rocks and views.
When we reached the top, I took this photo of the docking area. I’m sure it’s much more sturdy than it looks.
Long Valley Deck with great views of Palm Springs, etc.
A really nice paved path with railings.
This is either Peaks Restaurant or Pines Cafe. We weren’t eating, so I didn’t pay close attention to the names.
I was kind of excited to see snow after more than a year without. It was also exciting to leave it when I wanted to. 🙂
Remnants of the sunset. There was dust or fog down below, but the blues were still beautiful.
Rock formations along the path.
It was getting dark and pretty chilly, so back down we went. . . .
Hope you don’t have vertigo.
Back to solid ground. So glad we went up!
Great weekend, everyone. . . .