Falling on my arse twice for comedy

Trip Start Oct 16, 2009
Trip End Feb 25, 2010

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Tuesday, December 1, 2009

After several harassing knocks at the door (Hey – checkout is noon – its 9.30am so sod off) I got away from the hotel at a little after 10am. I had hoped for a return to the JT NP but when I saw that I had a 400+ mile drive and I wanted to ride the tramway up to San Jacinto I realised that was not going to happen.

So I got myself round to the tramway – which is basically a really big cable car – for 10.30 and it was already busy.  I nearly missed the half hourly service thanks to the people in front of me in the queue engaging the only lady serving in an inane conversation about nothing at all – hello!  People waiting here!

The cable car has a revolving floor so as you go up you get to see 360 degrees of view without having to move which is a very cool idea (and according to the commentary also very very expensive!).  Once at the top there is a limited amount of stuff to do as it is somewhere between summer and winter activities.  No matter though the view down to the Coachella valley below – all the way to the Salton Sea was incredible.

I went for a gentle wander along the valley behind the tram station which was 5 inches deep in snow and delightfully crisp and calm.  Had I been up early and more importantly in some semblance of fit I could have scaled the 10500 peak of San Jacinto Mountain the highest in Southern Ca but that is well beyond me currently even without the added bonus of thin air!  I settled for the 1.5 mile loop round the valley and was happily wandering, wondering and saying hello (and even a few Kia Ora's) to everyone when I made way for a group of young people who HAD to tell me all about God.  Apparently they were up there experiencing his wonder and stuff – which is fine by me but I could probably have used the time on actually looking at said wonder.  I cunningly directed them the big trees at Humbolt – as they are wonderful – and made my excuses.

The scenic lookout was swamped by more people from the same group and as they were mid sermon I couldn’t really push through for some pictures.  I decided to shin up a nearby rock and successfully got some shots without tumbling apex over base all the way back down to Palm Springs.  Sadly my poise was nowhere in evidence when I made my way the eight feet back down the rock.  I fell over once and whilst the congregation were all looking my way to check I was OK – I fell over again.  Oh the comedy!

That was enough snow for one day!
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