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Tram me up scotty

Sunday, August 04, 2013

my red hat chapter took a trip up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, so I took my camera of course

here we are waiting in the lobby for the next available tram

here is where it starts at the floor of the mountain

it has a rotating floor so no matter where you stand, you will get a 360 degree view through the windows. it's a very steep ascent makes you wonder how they built it in such rocky terrain.

we passed the other tram going the opposite direction

they call these scaffolds that hold the cables towers

you can see there isn't a lot of vegetation

you see how high we travel, and here is part of the mechanism to move the trams

then we took a little break while we waited for our table at the restaurant to be readied for us

the restaurant had wonderful views of the valley below

and telescopes

after we saw the desserts on display, we all ordered the same one

one of the gals was celebrating a birthday so she got hers free and we sang the birthday song to her

after lunch we split up some to shop in the gift shop, some to see the awesome views and some to hike a little ways on the trails (like me)

these were the only flowers I saw along a trail

the other side of the mountain has wildfires still burning (they expect to have under control by the end of this month) if you look close you can see smoke at the top

the rails switch back and in this altitude you get winded quick

then we returned to Palm Springs and the heat we all decided it was a fun trip
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