Stellar’s Jay Hiking Buddy

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This Stellar’s Jay hiked alongside me for over a hundred yards while I was hiking the Desert View Trail that takes off behind the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway upper station.  Alas, he did not get the handout he wanted so he probably did not enjoy my company as much as I enjoyed his!

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Standing Resolute

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This interesting tree was found on one of the trails that take off behind the upper terminal station of the Palm Springs Tramway.  It was the week of Christmas and there was snow on the ground but not enough to make hiking difficult.  Nice blue sky that day also.  Nothing like a hike in the crisp winter air at 8,500 feet!

San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm

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The San Gorgonio Pass wind farm is one of three major wind farms in California, the other two being at Altamont Pass (near San Francisco) and at Tehachapi (near Bakersfield).  Wikipedia says there were 3,218 wind turbines at San Gorgonio Pass in 2008, generating 615 MW of power.  Currently there are over 13,000 wind turbines in our state.  This pic was taken from the observation deck at the upper terminus of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

 

San Jacinto Mountain Meadow

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If you hike the Desert View Trail that begins behind the upper Palm Springs Tramway terminal you will pass by this beautiful mountain meadow filled with singing birds.

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Coachella Valley View

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This pic of the Coachella Valley was taken at around 8,500 feet up Mt. San Jacinto, from the outdoor observation deck of the  Palm Springs Tramway station.

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