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Low Desert Adventure 
Apr. 14, 2013 4:08 pm 
Updated: Apr. 22, 2013 10:33 pm
Last week we spent the day in the low desert Coachella Valley area of Palm Springs, California.

So very different from where I live, but just as beautiful in a much different and compelling way.
Our trip took us to the Wind Farms where the ever blowing wind keeps electricity flowing to over 1.6 million folks in the desert. We then headed up 8,500 feet to the top of the San Jacinto National Forest.

It was a most lovely day and being the nature loving outdoor girl that I am, I treasured every single minute of our time spent there.

Here are some photos I took. I hope you'll be able to get a feel for the beauty of the desert and how much I enjoyed this unique area of California.

I was able to get up close and personal to a Windmill
These things just mesmerize me!

I took this photo on the East side of the I-110 freeway.
Look at the size of the trucks and then look at the Windmills

I walked out a ways into the desert to snap this picture


They go on and on and on in the desert of Coachella Valley

Look above and past the Windmills in the foreground to the left especially.
They go all the way back up the hills as well as being abundant in the valley.
There are hundreds and hundreds of Windmills in The Coachella Valley.

This photo was taken on the West side of the I-110 and a bit closer.
More Windmills
The Boarding Dock at The Valley Station in Palm Springs  
heading up the San Jacinto Mountain

Can you see the Boarding Dock below?  

Passing another tram on it's way back down.
The Trams rotate 360 degrees twice as you move up or down the mountain
Almost to the top.
Waaayyyy below
is the Valley Station
Most of the mountain is solid granite. It was beautiful.
New countertops anyone?
That's Palm Springs from about 6,000 feet up the mountain
Finally! 8,500 feet up the mountain.
The views are breath taking!
Can you find the Valley Station below?  
Look in the right hand corner of the picture. That's Palm Springs.
Once up to the top, I zoomed my camera lens for a closer look at Palm Springs
Taken from the very tip top of the viewing platform which is reached by
climbing about 100 stairs to the top of the mountain.
A scarry trip!  
From the top I took this picture of
my Darling Husband!
(in a harness after shoulder surgery)
This is a view of the mountain range out the back of
The Mountain Station at the top....
directly opposite Palm Springs
There are over 670 acres of National Forest Service land to
 hike, picnic and camp on. Simply Beautiful!
This is a picture of Becky and Matt from Maine.
They rode the tram up the mountain with the other 78 of us. When we were at the top and on the platform, Matt proposed marriage to this adorable young lady. They receive a round of applause and many requests of picture taking. Can you tell that she's crying? A very sweet and memorable time for these complete strangers to share with each other and all the rest of their Tram-mates.
We all enjoyed this sweet touch to our trip up the mountain!  

To add to a most perfect trip, this little Gray Digger followed me around.
How did he know I love wildlife in any form?
To all my dear California friends and family: There is so much beauty everywhere I turn here. You are truly blessed to live in this enchanted land of sun and fun. We thank you for offering much to do, much to see and many to love. Thank you for sharing your magical land with me. 
Apr. 14, 2013 4:33 pm
That's the kind of adventure I would have enjoyed!
Apr. 14, 2013 4:35 pm
Don't you just LOVE the desert? Those windmills are so amazing to watch every time we pass them! And that tram ride! Amazing views to behold! What a nice place to get engaged! Thanks for a wonderful set of photos!
Apr. 14, 2013 4:40 pm
Such terrific pictures, Mom!!! I miss Palm Springs. Loved my travel nursing assignment there. Good times. So glad you guys got to visit there again!
Apr. 14, 2013 5:09 pm
Wow those pictures are beautiful.Sounds like you had a great time.We have those windmills in some parts of Nova Scotia,and your right they are big.Thanks for sharing your vacation with us.
Apr. 14, 2013 5:54 pm
Candice: Looks like you had a wonderful trip. Hope your husband's recovery is going well.
Apr. 14, 2013 5:54 pm
The last time I was out in that area of CA was about 20 yrs ago. I don't think there were anywhere as many windmills as there are now, but they were all in the hills. I was completely enchanted by them and, like you, had to get closer to take pictures. Being a beach girl I was also amazed by how beautiful the desert is. Your photos are wonderful. I am glad you enjoyed yourselves. So how come you didn't stay on and attend the music festival? LOL!
Apr. 14, 2013 6:01 pm
Hi sueb, I much prefer these kinds of outings over shopping. Although I have to confess, I did do a little shopping while in the downtown area.
Apr. 14, 2013 6:04 pm
Oh Marianne, you have no idea how much I love the desert. Especially this time of the year! I want to get out and take some photos of the cactus blooming around my sister's. Just awesome!
Apr. 14, 2013 6:06 pm
Those windmills are mesmerizing - I have to catch myself as I drive by! They are a landmark both ways, to and from AZ - but, on the way back, they mark an hour to home! [A welcome sight!] I've never taken the tram up - I'll have to put that on my to do list!
Apr. 14, 2013 6:08 pm
Christine, I think we drove past the apartment building you lived in "back in the day" when you traveled. And, we walked right past the restaurant we ate at with Kyle too, down on Palm Canyon Drive.
Apr. 14, 2013 6:29 pm
Thank you manella. It's amazing and dry and warm down there. Just what these old bones need. There are a few Windmills in Washington state we pass on the way to our daughter's house in the Yakima Valley. But, none that I know of in Oregon.
Apr. 14, 2013 6:34 pm
Hi Deb, thank you. We are having the time of our life. My DH is doing very well and resting like he's supposed to. But, then .... He's got my Big Sister to answer to if he doesn't.
Apr. 14, 2013 6:38 pm
LOL!!!!!!!! I bet his big sister isn't half the threat his spitfire of a wife is ;)
Apr. 14, 2013 6:38 pm
Or YOUR big sister (= [I can read - swear! - lol!]
Apr. 14, 2013 6:47 pm
BSM, yes they've been there for years. And, they're adding more all the time. Driving on the freeway, you see them for miles and miles. I'm absolutely fascinated by those things. The Music Festival was last week.... So we missed it. But, we were there on a Thursday and got to go to the Street Fair on Palm Canyon Drive in the evening. That was a hoot!
Apr. 14, 2013 6:52 pm
Hi Barbie Girl! OMGARSH! When we were driving back home, it was dark and each one has a little red light on it. I thouht I was going to get hypnotized and drive off the road to my death. I just can't quit looking. You must take the Tram up the mountain. It is awesome!
Apr. 14, 2013 7:00 pm
I think I'm going for another visit in June - and can take some time, not just zip through, like I've been doing. So, maybe I can stop and take the tram up then . . .
Apr. 14, 2013 7:05 pm
You will be happy you did Barb. It's one of those things that you'll talk about for years. A real show stopper of a ride up that mountain!
Apr. 14, 2013 7:07 pm
Candice there are a lot of windmills in Oregon, you just haven't gone far enough. Keep going on I-84 toward Pendelton and the hills along the Columbia, both Washington and Oregon side have tons of them. They are huge alright and completely mesmerizing. Loved these pics and would love to see this area of California. I've never been to this part of the state. Also, what a sweet and very memorable engagement for that couple to share with 78 of their newest friends!
Apr. 14, 2013 7:18 pm
Well, Avon, Sweetheart! You just need to get your buns down here!
Apr. 14, 2013 7:19 pm
Hello from the high desert of California. We were just on the tram for the second time last year. There's no way Debi will go on that again. Totally freaks her out. For those that have a fear of heights she doesn't recommend it. Quite a temperature change when you get to the top but the view is awesome.
Apr. 14, 2013 7:24 pm
Candice: I've ridden the gondola at Silver Mountain in Kellogg, Idaho. Totally fun! But each car only holds 8 people! During summer, they let you ride the ski chairlifts to get higher up the mountain. 80 people?!? Those trams must be enormous!
Apr. 14, 2013 7:24 pm
Yeah, Avon! When are you coming?!
Apr. 14, 2013 7:28 pm
Hello my dear sweet friend. I haven't been up I-84 that far for years. We hang a left at The Dalles to go to Lisa's house. The way the wind blows in The Gorge, it seems to me there would be though for sure. On the Washington side heading east we see them. I so wish you could come with me to SoCal one of these times! I just really do! See you when we get home.
Apr. 14, 2013 7:30 pm
LOL! Yeah, what Marianne said! "Get your buns down here!"
Apr. 14, 2013 7:34 pm
Hiya Brian, someone afraid of heights might not like the Tram ride. That's true. It was 80 degrees down below and 55 degrees up at the top. That didn't bother us at all. That's a whopping 10 - 15 degrees warmer than it is in Oregon this tie of year.
Apr. 14, 2013 7:39 pm
Deb: Gondolas are awesome. I'm glad you got to ride the one in Idaho. I've heard of it, but never been on it. Yes, each Tram holds 80 people and they are huge! The floor rotates 360 degrees twice as you go up or down too. It was very cool.
Apr. 14, 2013 7:40 pm
Hey Barb, I keep trying.......
Apr. 14, 2013 7:56 pm
I know,I know!!!! I want to come believe me I do. Its just hard to get away for any length of time, especially this time of year for me. I was planning on it last fall but due to circumstances beyond my control......Marianne, you and Barb and Patty Cakes are at the top of my list of peeps to visit when I come down there. Do not worry, one of these days... :)
Apr. 14, 2013 8:20 pm
[I REALLY need to start playing the lottery ;)]
Apr. 15, 2013 6:41 am
Candice-what a beautiful view from the tram! Your pics are great. I enjoyed reading your blog!
Apr. 15, 2013 7:02 am
We love the quiet majesty of windmills, also. We pass through a "wind farm" that generates supplemental power for Fort Wayne, IN. Each time we have conversation about them. ... My girlfriend would have a very difficult time on that tram. She doesn't do heights well.
Apr. 15, 2013 9:16 am
Ooooo, Ahhhhhh! Loved your photos! Afraid I'd be with LindaPat, no trams for Cat! I'm fascinated by those windmills as well.
Apr. 15, 2013 10:06 am
Oh, com'on Cat! I'll hold you hand (=
Apr. 15, 2013 10:26 am
Barb, I bought you a lottery ticket this morning. (dang, I wish today was April 1st)
Apr. 15, 2013 10:30 am
Good Morning Lela, We saw a few in Northern California on our way down. We also saw signs protesting Wind Power. I haven't done my research, (c'mon, I'm on vacation) but something about making the landscape ugly. I think the slow moving blades are tranquil and soothing AND like we've all said mesmerizing! Yes, the Tram wouldn't be for those who are "skurd" of heights.
Apr. 15, 2013 11:02 am
Hello Mike, my "trunked" friend. Not sure how you've seen them riding in the trunk and all? LOL! Sorry, I couldn't help myself. Majestic is a great word for the Windmills. They are set against the mountains and are just neat! Orangezest and I are still talking about them. Thanks for stopping in to comment. Please tell LP I said Hi. And, I won't make her take the Tram. hehehe
Apr. 15, 2013 11:06 am
Post Script: So glad you've got a great sense of humor Mike, they way all us gals pick on you. But, In case you do...... "Lora started it." Sorry Lora! I think I just threw you under the bus. (you know how much I love you all, I' just funning with you)
Apr. 15, 2013 11:07 am
Apr. 15, 2013 11:09 am
Hi sweet Cat! So glad you dropped in! I so loved that Tram ride up the mountain. I was hanging out the open window taking the photos too. I never thought about those with a fear of heights. So, are there Windmills in Missouri? Would love to see them. Oh! And, I'm still waiting to see a pic of that new car of yours.
Apr. 15, 2013 11:10 am
Barb, LOL!!!!
Apr. 15, 2013 11:10 am
Thanks Midwestchef!
Apr. 15, 2013 11:29 am
Candice, Lora promised to make a sugar free carrot cake that I could eat. She has committed to organized freezers and sparkling clean range burners. If she doesn't accomplish these things, I'll make sure she gets to ride in the trunk! BTW! I will inspect the range and freezers and judge the cake- myself!
Apr. 15, 2013 11:39 am
Now, that's funny! What's that about "pay back?" Can't wait to hear how this all goes down!
Apr. 15, 2013 8:33 pm
Did I hear "payback?" What would you know about payback, my sweet friend? LOL!
Apr. 16, 2013 4:49 am
In the thumb of MI there is an area all covered in windmills so cool looking. On the way into Atlantic City windmills are the first site you see in front of the casinos.
Apr. 16, 2013 4:50 am
oh nice blog
Apr. 16, 2013 6:23 pm
I think you did Barb! It's always in the back of my mind, dontchaknow?
Apr. 16, 2013 6:25 pm
Hi Joey Joan, thanks for dropping by. It seems those mesmerizing windmills are in many places across the US. Thank you for your comment.
Apr. 17, 2013 10:03 am
Very nice blog but that tram and I don't get along too well. I just couldn't escape that feeling of falling. Way, way down!
Apr. 17, 2013 10:46 am
Candice I don't think I truly appreciated the windmills before now. I passed them so often on our way from our OC home to Palm Spring. Just shows how much we need to remember the journey is just as important as the destination. Thanks too for your comment on my blog. I want to HEAR your music!
Apr. 18, 2013 8:09 am
LOL! I just loved the feeling of going up and coming down BN. And, being so far up that I could see everything! Thank you for stopping in.
Apr. 18, 2013 8:15 am
Good Morning Marjorie, we're from Oregon. Wwhen folks come to visit us, they always comment how beautiful this or that is. We're just used to it and have quit noticing. I think that's natural for locals, don't you? We went to the beautiful California Mountains yesterday. Oh, and just a post script to your comment about enjoying the journey; I am ALL about the journey. It's how I live! Thank you so much for dropping by.
Apr. 18, 2013 7:54 pm
Ouch, groan...trying to get myself out from under that bus Candice. Mike, my range is clean, my freezer organized. Still working on that darn carrot cake. Candice, I am trying to come up with a tasty carrot cake not using regular sugar because it bothers Mr. Mike's taste buds.
Apr. 18, 2013 7:55 pm
BTW, nice pics Candice, glad you enjoyed your CA time. We have windmills about half an hour from us, but they are spaced quite a bit farther than what you posted. Seems to be the future.
Apr. 19, 2013 8:17 am
Hi Lora, thank you so much for dropping by. Oh and sorry 'bout the whole bus thing! LOL! Have you tried Splenda when making carrot cake. That's what I use almost all the time. You probably have a fantastic recipe, but manella's Carrot Cake is so good! I've made it several times and we love it?
Apr. 19, 2013 8:19 am
Thank you. I couldn't stop taking pictures of those darn things. They intrigue me so. I need to travel further up the Gorge in Oregon to see the ones we have in my own state.
Apr. 21, 2013 9:42 pm
[Thinking of you - LOL! Can you gguess why? =D]
Apr. 22, 2013 8:57 am
OMG! You just crack me up to no end! I love you and you'll always be my Barbie Girl!
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I love you, too!
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