On another weekend trip, this time to Palm Springs and the nearby Mount San Jacinto. At 10,834 feet, this is the highest peak of the San Jacinto Mountains. Naturalist John Muir wrote of San Jacinto Peak, "The view from San Jacinto is the most sublime spectacle to be found anywhere on this earth!" (Wikipedia)
We had the opportunity to see this view from the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. In just 12 minutes, the tram takes you from the desert to an alpine forest, where the temperature (thankfully!) is about 40 degrees cooler.