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I am a retired English teacher and department head, the mother of three, grand mother of three, and have been married to the same man for 42 years. I subscribe to Dr. PM Forni's concept of Civility. I was born in South Philadelphia and grew up in the 'burbs. I love soft pretzels and cheesesteaks, the Phillies, the Eagles, and San Diego. I love being Mom, Aunt Kathy, Nona Kathy, and Teacher. I spend a lot of time in my gardens in the spring and summer, and in the winter I plan what I'm going to plant. I also am an avid reader and photographer.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Getting High or A Little Outside Our Comfort Zone

We decided that a tram ride up Mount San Jacinto would be fun.  All I could say when I first saw this from the ground was "Holy %$#@" and "Mother of God"!  Believe me, it looked substantially more foreboding standing at the bottom of that 8600 feet of magnificent mountain.
The ride up the mountain takes only 10 minutes and the views from the top were spectacular.   The temperature at the bottom was 88° and only 41° with very brisk winds at the top.

That little tram, built in Switzerland, holds 80 people!


The Coachella Valley...


12 comments:

Jay said...

Looks like fun! I'm not a big fan of heights, but I would probably do it. As long as there's something cool at the top. Like a bar or something.

forsythia said...

Gee, I dunno if I'd want to do that. I don't even like ferris wheels. Looks like it was worth it, though.

Retired English Teacher said...

Whoa...I'm not sure I would have joined you in this adventure if I were given the chance. The views are really nice though.

Linda Reeder said...

I love cable cars. I rode some wonderful ones in Europe.

Cheryl said...

I hated that tram! I liked the view from the top, but I had my eyes closed most of the way up and down. Same with the tram in Pittsburg. Not for me! Too vertical. Too high. I'm such a wimp.

Lena said...

I am a wimp, too. You are brave, Kathy! Beautiful pics though!

Kimberly said...

We call them gondolas here. Trams run on tracks in the street. I find it amazing how many people they cram on them. I personally think its so that there is no room to fall over when you go over those support poles and then do that little free fall action. Fun, aren't they?! I think I've gotten somewhat use to them, but the higher ones still freak me out a little bit.

Kay said...

Oh wow! These are amazing photos! I'm not one for heights. This would have scared me silly.

Gilly said...

That looks a FANTASTIC ride! Think I might be holding my breath as I went up, though (not having much of a head for heights!) But you couldn't NOT go up, could you!

Love your new header, by the way.

Bilbo said...

I'm not one for cable cars, or heights in general. You can ride up, take the pictures, and e-mail them to me so I can say, "OOOOOHHHHH!" Ask Agnes to tell you about my nervous walk across the Royal Gorge Bridge the next time we get together...

Patty said...

Hi Kathy This is Patty from Autumn"s Meadow
I will no longer be blogging from that blog but have started a new one so you can find me now at
http://inthetrailerhood.wordpress.com
please stop by

Deb said...

I've come back to read this twice...I can't believe anyone could do this! I know I couldn't, so you've really impressed me!