Monday, June 25, 2012

"Out Here the Birds Don't Sing, Out Here the Fields Don't Grow"

Playing: How Many Words-Blake Lewis
Reading: One Direction People Magazine: Collector's Edition
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.


  1. I wouldn't expect to hear the words palm springs and see evergreen trees. Ahh your dizziness reminded me that I got elevation sickness hiking in the mountains one time too.

  2. wow the scenery is beautiful! nice to see that there's still a bit of forest around these days.

  3. prancing bee-At least I'm not alone with my altitude sickness. And who knew Palm Springs had evergreens once you went a bit higher? :o

    ShinyPrettyThings-Yes, who knew nature existed in California? XD

    Femme Virtue-Yup! Wonderful, isn't it? :D

  4. i want a new camera too :) great scenery pics

  5. Aw I miss Palm Springs. Used to go often on weekends. I remember taking the Tram but not visiting the park. Guess I'm due a

  6. thanks for visiting my blog! lovely nature photos...the steepness in the last pic made me a bit nervous haha if you like my blog too, do you want to follow each other? xoxo jess

  7. thank you for your lovely comment on my blog :)
    great photos! it looks like such a serene place <3

  8. Photos are perfect! xo,

  9. i love the scenery and wow a noce bleed that's pretty rough, i can tell the difference when I'm quite far up, but nothing too worrying

  10. Eeek i'm scared of heights haha
    but the nature is breathtaking!

    /Reply/: Sorry for the late reply,
    maybe I wasn't really honest but
    I do eat chicken :P that's the
    only meat I eat along with the
    seafood! xx

  11. the scene is so pretty esp the last picture!!

  12. lexi-What cameras are you interested in? I can't choose! D:

    Shop N' Chomp-You used to go on weekends? Lucky that you lived so close to it. :3

    Jessica Cai-You're welcome. I'm not usually afraid of heights, but the steepness definitely made me a tad nervous haha. (:

    Blush-You're most welcome. And it was so peaceful once you got out of the lodge up there. ^^

    Fashion babel-Thanks! Guess my old camera is doing just fine. :D

    Hello Naka-Well, you're lucky. I'm glad I don't get nosebleeds because the girl looked miserable, when she had her's.

    Ice Pandora-Yup, it is. And oh, that makes sense. You're still eating the lean meats, which is so healthy of you! :)

    Pop Champagne-It sure is lovely. ^-^


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