At the Top of a Mountain

Ben loves to research things. If he needs to buy a car, an engagement ring, or tickets for a tourist attraction, he will research it. I am learning to appreciate this more all the time. It used to frustrate me slightly, because it felt like he took so long to make a decision, but now I like it, because I know that he will be able to make better, more educated choices, if I leave him alone with his compute for a little while. When he talks about something, he usually has good things to say, because he’s thought about it and researched it for a few hours.

So when he said that we should go on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway because Tripadvisor ranked it the Number One and Two attraction to see in Palm Springs, I listened to him. So did Joel and Sarah, although some of us were slightly more freaked out than others about dangling from a cable, going up eight thousand feet on the second steepest tramway ride in the world.

Palm Springs Aerial TramwaytramwayI went on a tramway once when I was a kid. It was a memorable experience – the ride was very exciting, I loved being at the top of the mountain, and I was chased by a mountain goat because it wanted the piece of gum I was holding in my hand.

Fortunately, we saw no goats on this trip up, and the view was quite breathtaking.


top of the mountain

Proof that I was there. (Ben and I had to make a conscious effort to trade off with the camera – now we have one photo of me in Palm Springs for every 100 photos of Ben and the girls….)

meThe weather and scenery at the top of the mountain was completely different than at the bottom. It felt a little like we were back in Canada! Cold, evergreen trees, and brown, crunchy leaves. Apparently the locals like to go up there to cool off in summer…


leavesLunch at the top of the mountain was also fantastic, really. We’ve eaten at many restaurants on this trip, and because of dietary restrictions, I have to stick with salads. After awhile, there are only so many ways you can do a chicken salad, but this one was extra delicious.

saladAs were the popsicles.


Oh, look, I made it into another photo. Joel offered to take family pictures of us anytime, which was always awesome, because he would take a minimum of 20 photos, giving me lots to choose from…


berriesAnd then we came down the mountain, back to palm trees and heat. That little taste of Canada was enough for one day!!

Now I’m sitting at home, blogging in the snowbanks, and wishing there was a quick cable car ride to get me back to palm trees…. But sleeping in our own beds last night was pretty awesome. And spring will come soon???!