Daily Archives: 15 March, 2009

Trip to Cali PART 5: The Aerial Tram

On 3/15, we drove to the Palm Springs Aerial Tram.  

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It was a little bit of a drive…

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I didn’t get very many good pictures on the way up the mountain….too crowded.  

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Here we are at the top!  What a view of the valley!

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My hubby admires the view.  

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There were trails to explore too.  

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I found a great big pinecone!

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And a big tree.

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My hubby is so strong, he was able to push that big tree….just a little!  

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It was a little chilly up there on the mountain, but the sun helped keep us warm!

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There was snow up there too……ahhhhhh!  Reminders of winter back home!

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I walked between this giant log.  

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Awwww, my happy hubby.

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He’s showing off more of his strength.  

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Mountain flowers.  

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Rocky. 

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Back towards the building/tram.

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Now we’re on our way back down the mountain on the tram!  

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I was able to get much better pictures this time.  

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Pictures just don’t do it justice. 

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You can see the entire valley from up here.

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Wind farms.  

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The tram has a floor that slowly moves, allowing everyone to get a 350-degree view of the scene!

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We’re almost back to the bottom!  

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This is the tram.  

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Safely at the bottom once more, we got a picture together using the camera’s timer.  

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See the little salamander??

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Driving back down the mountain.  

Trip to Cali PART 4: Squeezing Oranges

A STORY:  Squeezing Oranges

One day, my hubby decided to make freshly squeezed orange juice.  I decided to help — mostly by taking pictures.  

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We picked lots of oranges and tangerines.  

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We brought them inside.  

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Mmmmm!

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We did it the old-fashioned way — by hand. 

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After lots of hard work….look how much we made!   

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And look how much of a mess we made!

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It was lots of hard work, but let me tell you, it was sooooooo delicious.  :]

Trip to Cali PART 3: the great outdoors

At grandma’s country club:

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This is “The Wash” – where all the rain water drains from the mountains after a heavy rain (which only happens about 4 or 5 days out of the year).  

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Palm trees!  What a wonderful sight.  

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More oranges…..this time, using the fruit picker.  

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Sunset!

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Country club building. 

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Pool of water on the golf course.  Do you see the crane?

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You have to watch out for those sprinklers when you’re walking around the golf course.  It’s hazardous out there!  

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Flowers were blooming everywhere.  I love pansies!  

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I don’t know what this is called.  Yellow flower, I guess.  

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Snapping dragons are so fun.