January 6

January 6

Getting High In Palm Springs

We drove into Palm Springs mid-morning, did some shopping, then went to our Courtenay friends’ the  Penners rented condo for lunch. We had a lovely lunch with them and caught up with all their news and ours. We laughed because we had to get together in Palm Springs for a visit when they live right around the corner from us at home. We left there about 2:00, then drove to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the largest in the world and the only one of its kind, featuring tram cars (in Canada, think Gondolas), the floors of which make 2 complete rotations during the ascent and descent. It is a 2.5 mile trip that takes you to an elevation of 8,516 feet. The station at the top is the jumping-off point for hiking and camping trips into the San Jacinto State Park. The following pictures will give you an idea:

Going up...

Going up…

One of the views from the top.

One of the views from the top.

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The Salton Sea in the background.

The Salton Sea in the background.

The lovely Canadian couple.

The lovely Canadian couple.

Ranger Buzzsaw

Ranger Buzzsaw

Palm Springs at sunset.

Palm Springs at sunset.

We went for a short walk, then got something to eat. We sat with a couple from Los Angeles, whom we had met while taking pictures for each other, and waited for darkness to fall before taking the ride back down, so that we could see the lights of Palm Springs and the other towns along the Coachella Valley spread out below us. It was very much like coming in to land at night over a big city.

We arrived back at the campsite at about 7:00. Over the next two days, we plan to drive around the Salton Sea and to visit Joshua Tree National Park; not sure which we will do first.

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