17 Feb 2015 December 7, 2012 – Palm Springs by darin | posted in: California | 0 Just entering Palm Springs area we see a country club on the right e are going to take a detour to see the Palm Spring Arial Tram way We arrive at the tram welcome building, it is 3 pm the sun is setting and a good picture is near impossible. The building is 2000′ above the valley. The tram station is built over a creek, is raised very high because big rocks roll down the hill, and they don’t want the building to be smashed. This is the tram platform. You have to walk through an NTSB check point in order to get to the platform. We did not ride the tram, it is $36.00 per person for a 12 minute ride. At the top there is a cheesy cafe with an awesome view. There are many hiking trails as well, but in order to use them you have to get a California Forrest service permit in town at the Forrest service office before you come up. This is a law unfamiliar to us, we have never heard of having to get a permit to walk in public lands that reside in populated areas. Go figure, California is a weird state. A tram car is launched, and it is really packed tight. I can’t stand being packed places, and Athena can’t stand the heights and swaying of a tram car. It is hard to see in this picture, but the building the car enters is in the upper right, the shining light above the building is the final sunset for this place. When we leave though we will be back in day light for two more hours. Last time I was at the top the view from the building was great. The trip is worth it if you do not mind the fee, and dangling from cables thousands of feet above Terra fir-ma. We watched, the tram and took all of our photos from picnic patio. After we were done, we bought some one on our list a Christmas gift in their gift shop. We were planning to hit the gift shops in Palm springs for the rest of our shopping, but they were not into selling gift shop stuff down there. If you are in town though on Thursdays, they have a street fair starting at 5 pm. They say it is fun, but we were too tired at the end of the day to confirm it. Headed back down in to town. This rock looks precarious, don’t be driving up this road when it decides to move. This is a pretty bush, this place looks like spring in December. There are hundreds of these little birds in here. The kids tell me the flowering bush hides the birds from owls. Sounds good to me. We find stars, I got confused and thought I had been beamed to Holly wood for a second. I don’t know what this is, but it is big. The Palm springs area loves to make water features, and is so proud of palm trees, they make emergency back up ones made of metal. I am not sure what the monkeys are for though. We found a familiar name, Hoodoo is not far from home, but usually people snow ski there. Not sure what they do at this Hoodoo. All the rooms look like they have balcony views of nothing. We walk further into down town, we find a lot of pan handlers, and a lot of empty businesses. The towns city council needs to talk to the Mayor of Farmington, Washington to get advice on bringing this town back to life. Right now though, there is a lot of development opportunities for people with cash, a vision, and the willingness to get their hands dirty. This one is huge, looks like a dead high end department store Nice development opportunity. Has been dead so long, they hid it behind a concrete wall, Get this one cheap! This one runs about a city block, looks to be retail ready This one looks like it was an upscale night club at one point Mineral springs resort “Orchid Inn” All the blocks above seemed to represent large stores, night clubs, gift shops and tourist related businesses. Something happened to drive out the tourists, and the business closed up shop and left. There are some businesses in town that seem to be doing rather well. There are two high end steak houses across the street from each other, one the “Chop House” a chain restaurant and the second looks like a very upscale local Establishment. There are very high priced low end eateries, sports bars, and few art dealers that appear to be hanging on. In addition, there seems to be professional offices taking over the retail spaces which will eventually end all tourism in the down town. Some city planners really need to give some thought into what would make Palm Spring Chic again. When in the visitors center we found a gift shop, that was a non event, about 30 advertisement for hotels and advertisement for hiking trails that charged $10.00 per person to use over by Indian wells. There was a more populated rack titled “Gay and Lesbian Palm Springs”, showed pictures of nice looking guys in bed together. I wonder if my skin was that smooth at 30? Other than disgust for the advertisements, and thinking about what age has done to my body, I am not thinking that reaching out to the gay community in this way is going to make Palm Springs the “Place to be” that it once was. Walking further south, in town. The Macullum museum is a very good museum. Athena went in and checked it out. It gives a great overview of the history of Palm Springs. I did not go in, I did not have a dollar. So bring a dollar with you. The museum also has a restroom in it, $1 is the cheapest restroom you will find here. One of the remaining mineral spa resorts, it does not look like much from the out side. It kind of looks like a rest home. The residents of the west side of town here seem to be rather shy and or anti social. They build solid walls, around every yard. Many of the gates are wooden so even the drive way is not visible from the street. Very odd creature these people are. Marilyn Monroe is in town until June 2013, she is a big girl weighing in at just over 34,000 pounds.