Sunday, January 18, 2015
Palm Spring Aerial Tramway.
We bought tickets for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway on our last full day on the honeymoon. They aren't cheap at almost $24 each, but they were totally worth it. The tram is packed for the ten minute ride up.
The elevation change on the tram is dramatic. In about ten minutes, we climbed about 5000 feet. At the top there was snow and a whole lot of sunshine. Our last day was one of the prettiest days for sure. We walked down a really big hill to hike the Desert View Trail that winds through a very pretty forest with only four species of trees. We saw people sledding and trying to enjoy the little snow that was high above the desert. It was fun to visit with this family with two little girls who were seeing snow for the first time!
Again, our packing proved to provide challenges for hiking around. The silk shirt I'm wearing underneath my coat needed a trip to the cleaners, and Kip was warm pretty quickly while we were walking around. It was crazy to hike while there was lots of snow on the ground and be so warm as the temperatures neared 50 degrees.
The nature trail leads to five scenic overlooks that provide outstanding views of the desert. We thought the first one was amazing, and they just got better each time.
This view on the left is the road we traveled up into Joshua Tree the day before. There are so many windmills everywhere!
Right before we took this photo, we caught up with another couple who was hiking the trail. They were resting on some rocks overlooking the valley, and Kip climbed up to see from a higher vantage point while I paused at the bottom. As I was looking out over the valley I heard the husband begin to read to his wife, and Kip climbed back down to find me crying as I listened. He was reading Psalm 103, and it was quite possibly the most perfect passage for that view and that day. Here are some of the most perfect parts of Psalm 103.
Verse 1: Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.
Verse 8: The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.
Verse 11-12: For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.
When we hiked back up to the lodge at the top, the bar was opening up for the day and we enjoyed a beer at the top of the mountain before we rode the tram back down the steep cliffs. It was fascinating to learn a little bit about how the tram was built into the mountainside. They had to use helicopters to help install some of the big towers that carry the tram up.
The rest of the day was warm, almost hot really. We drove a ways so Kip could try In-N-Out Burger for the first time, and we spent the rest of the warm day at the pool. Eventually we found dinner at a restaurant uptown in Palm Springs and enjoyed another round of patio dining.