As you may remember from my trip to the desert, I went on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to visit the Mount San Jacinto State Park. The tram takes you to en elevation over 8,000 feet and I believe it's the world's largest rotating tram out there. In the photo above, you can see me going up and leaving the ticket station. What I didn't like was how long we had to wait to get on the tram after buying the tickets. Since it was very crowded and there's a tram every 10 minutes, my family and I had to wait an hour and a half to get on one. I suggest buying tickets ahead of time!
Once you get up there, you'll be surprised by how different the environment is. For one thing, it was significantly colder up there and I was glad I wore my jeans. Also, look how forrest-y it is compared to the desert down below. Of course, this photo may lead you to think it's rural up there. It's actually very touristy with a restaurant up there and a store plus thank goodness, bathrooms.
We hiked around the area and just wondered along various paths.One of the pamphlets said you should expect to see tons of animals up there, but I only saw squirrels. Tons of furry squirrels...And tourists in athletic clothing. I felt out of place, hiking with my purse and skinny jeans with Converse, which aren't meant for anything hardcore.
While I was walking around, I saw these enormous boulders that look like humpback whales to me. I hope you see what I'm talking about otherwise I'm going to seem plain crazy to all of you right now. The higher the elevation, the lower the concentration of oxygen. We all know that, right? Well, I learned that I do not do well with low concentrations of oxygen. I started feeling lightheaded and a girl I ran into got a nosebleed, so you have been warned.
Look how steep it is! For some reason, the trip back down felt so much shorter! I was standing next to a scene girl on the ride down. I didn't know scene was still cool. Anyways, this story has a point. Her camera looked super professional and she smirked at my inexpensive digital camera and that's when I realized, it's time to get a new camera, since my camera has been acting up on me. Plus, it's all beaten up and changes settings on me randomly.