Birthday Photo Tour: Day 2.

Day 2 of my photo adventure started at the bottom of the canyon at San Jacinto State Park.

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Looking up from the boarding platform.  The tram is a spec at the top.

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The visitor center looking outside at the boarding platform.  The tram arriving from inside the center.

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The tram arriving.

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The visitor center after we leave the platform.  Unlike the old trams, shown on the main page, the new trams rotate while you travel up to the top.  So you can’t go up if you get motion sickness or acrophobia.

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The first tower on the way up.  The platform on top is for helicopters to land for maintenance.  It is 16×16 ft square.  You REALLY want to land carefully.

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On the way to tower #2.  It also has a wind sock.  Fortunately, no wind today!  Last time I rode the tram we got stopped between towers #1 and #2 because of wind gusts.  Not my most favorite journey, but at least I got back on.

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Coming up on tower #3.  The distance between the second and third towers is dramatic.  I believe that it is the largest span.  The interesting feeling you get as you pass by the towers is similar to the top of a roller coaster…only in slow motion.  Plus the fact that the tram swings back and forth with 30 or so people hanging precariously above the ground makes for an interesting ride.

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The Cochella Valley from the opposite side from yesterday’s image taken at Key’s View in Joshua Tree.

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It is now a looooong way down, but still no wind! Yeah!!!!

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Approaching the top.

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I think they could have replaced the elevation sign with OMG! Are you high!

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The view from inside the Peak’s restaurant atop the mountain where I had lunch.

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Various views from the observation deck that goes around the restaurant.

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The path down from the station.

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Just a bunch of images from Long Valley at the bottom of the trail.

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The Jeffery Pine…smells like vanilla!  Really.

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Along the trail there are places to see the valley.

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Braver people than I going up the trail…I looked at it and decided that 8,000ft hiking was not for me.

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So back along the trail to the station to await the tram down.

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The 68.32 ton counter-weight that balance the trams as they cross paths.  The holes were bored out to balance the system, hence the strange tonnage.

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The tram down.  Starting the decent.  It seems a lot faster than going up, but in fact it is the same.

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Going down!

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The upward bound tram about to pass us.  I couldn’t get a better shot because of the infernal rotation of the platform.

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Approaching the bottom.

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The center coming down for a landing.

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Johnson falls outside the center.

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Just like yesterday…find the lizard!

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The lizard is in the center by the square piece of bark.

– Ex astris, scientia –

I am and avid amateur astronomer and intellectual property attorney in Pasadena, California and I am a Rising Star as rated by Super Lawyers Magazine.  As a former Chief Petty Officer in the U.S. Navy, I am a proud member of the Armed Service Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association working to aid all active duty and veterans in our communities. Connect with me on Google +

Norman

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