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02 April 2017 @ 11:17 am
Sunset over the Coachella Valley  
Place: Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Riverside County, California
Date: February 22, 2017
Weather: Clear and sunny but with a biting wind. Snow on the ground at higher elevations.
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In the evening, I took the tramway up to the top of Mount San Jacinto. Here's a photo of a tram car on its way up. The ride was exhilirating. Not the least because the cars rotate so you get a really good view of the canyon above and below you. Tram

Here a car is approaching the top station. In the distance you can see the road that leads to the valley station.
Tram car.

The roof of a tramway car and the Coachella Valley far, far below.
Tram car roof.

The climate up at the top is decidedly alpine with lots of pine trees. Not to mention snow. The other people who stayed at the same AirBnB as me went up for a hike there a few days later. They were a bit disappointed because the trees block most of the views of the Coachella Valley.

I had bought a ride-and-dine ticket. But before I had my meal, I took this photo of the holiday tree on top of the tramway station right as it was lit up by the sun. The meal wasn't worth it. It was basically cafeteria food. I would have been better off packing my own dinner.
Crowning the tramway station is a glittering holiday tree.

But the sunset views were definitely worth it. The white lines in the valley below are wind turbines. They take advantage of the wind that is always whistling through the San Gorgonio Pass that connects Coachella Valley with the Los Angeles metro area.

Another shot of the sunset. This one was taken from inside. You can see some of the reflections in the glass. It was freezing outside.
Sunset from inside.
thoughtsbykatthoughtsbykat on April 2nd, 2017 08:24 pm (UTC)
Great photos! What a wonderful view of the valley below and distant mountains. I always thought Palm Springs as being a flat area.
mjaussonmjausson on April 2nd, 2017 08:40 pm (UTC)
Yes, Palm Springs itself is flat like a dance floor. But the mountains to the south and north are plenty steep.