Our First Tramway Excursion

Monday, 28 Jan 2008 | Family

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Toni and I took a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway yesterday. It was a first time experience for both of us. I have worked in Palm Springs for a long time and have wanted to ride the tramway, but just never got around to doing it.

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The tramway boasts the largest rotating tram cars in the world. These tram cars whisk you from the Valley Station (2,643 feet) to the Mountain Station (8,516 feet) for a total ascent of 5,873 feet in about 10 minutes.

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This was part of a belated birthday present for Toni. She wanted to go to the snow on her birthday, but we were both sick at the time. I planned to go on Sunday because I had a good feeling it would snow at the top of San Jacinto Mountains due to the abundance of rain in the past week.

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The mountain top was completely covered with clouds, so there was no visibilty at the top. Actually we couldn't see anything during the ride up and down because of the heavy cloud cover. But once we arrived at the top, we were both pleased to see falling snow and 5 inches of powder on top of 10 inches of icy snow. We both went outside for a little while to enjoy the snow, but the 28 degree temperature, falling snow and wind had us returning to the station for shelter.

Toni had a wonderful time and wants to return again with Erin. I'm so glad I was able to fulfill her wish for a snow filled experience. :)


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