Thursday, February 09, 2012
You might be wondering why this is called the "Hello Hike". I could have named it the "San Jacinto Peak Hike" afterall San Jacinto Peak at 10,834 feet (3,302 m) is the highest peak of the San Jacinto Mountains, and of Riverside County, California. This is a peak to put on your list as you climb a steep escarpment over 10,000 feet (3,000 m) in 7 miles one of the steepest in the United States.
I could have named it the Palm Springs Aerial Tram Hike since taking this Tram was way awesome! If you are ever in Southern California taking this tram is a must, try to take your ride down at night. Check out this link because the tram ride alone was well worth your time. http://www.pstramway.com/. They have a restaurant and a lounge with a nice atmosphere. This is Valentine's Day Perfect or for any reason, you cannot go wrong taking this tram ride.
Make sure you know what time the last tram leaves.
I had the best time, an honest to goodness adventure! I am always saying that but truly guys, I had so much fun. Who knew an old lady like me could have so much fun. I almost called this blog "best ever hike" or 'The big adventure Hike". But truly , "The hello hike" is the only name for this blog.
Before I tell you why it is called the hello hike I need to give you some background information. I love to hike, but because you are not suppose to hike alone I go with hiking groups. I love L.A.T.H., they are kind, organized, qualified and prepared. They definitely will not leave you to fend for yourself in the wilderness, no way and never. If you want to hike with a group, I would start with L.A.T.H.
That said, I love "Meet Up" for so many wonderful reasons. You can do almost anything you want to and meet fun people to do it with. This hike was a "Best Hikes of So Cal" meet up hike. We were 10 minutes late so the organizer went on the hike without us.
We went to the Ranger, got a map, some advice and made our own way. It was myself, Sangeetha
Sangeetha is a good photographer, smart and sweet. She is not only likable, she is fun to be with.
Suneel is an awesome, friendly yet fun, gifted hiker. We do more than our fare share of laughing and teasing. He could tease me a great deal more than he does, but he would rather be polite. I have gone an many hikes with him and he takes good care of me so I am grateful to him. He is the guy everyone likes and wants on their hikes.
We got to the peak and that was awesome. Hello San Jacinto Peak!
We played around, took some photos and just chilled enjoying the view.
Now this is why this blog is called "The Hello Hike!" I thought I heard the tram guide say the last tram leaves at 5:30. While at the peak I checked the time, it was 3:20 pm, oops
We rushed down so quickly, we did not make it on to the right trail. It was not long before we realized we were quite lost. We looked at the map alot. Eventually we did find the trail and realized we were more lost than we imagined
Suneel was not scared he tried to reassure us. He thought we had everything we needed, food, a flashlight and we would be fine. What we had was two snack packages of seaweed and a little trail mix, not exactly dinner if you get my drift. I focused on all of the calories I was burning instead of the hot meal I was not eating.
My thoughts kept going back to food. I was not sure whether the last tram was leaving at 5:30, but I was worried
Onward we went, lost. I decided we should all start shouting "Hello", perhaps find someone to hike with who knew what way to go
Before long "Hello" became "HELLO!!!"
As it grew dark, our hello became a bit more desperate
Eventually, I saw a light in the far distance, It was the tram tower. The song "There's a Light, Over at the Frankenstein Place" (The Rocky Horror Picture Show) popped in my head. I grew more grateful by the minute and followed it with a happy dance! Good thing the last tram was not leaving until 9:00 pm. The ride down at night was amazing and well worth our time. If you decide to take the tram and hike, be sure to give yourself enough time to get back plus a little extra.
All said and done, I had the time of my life and I am grateful to the hike lead who ditched us!