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We arrived in Palm Springs on Wednesday, February 23rd 2005.  We were told the weather improved just as we arrived.  It had been raining for several days.  We had sunny, or at least partly cloudy skies all the time we were there.

 We spent the first day visiting some long-time friends of Gregg; George and Walter (but we forgot the cameras!)  The next day we did some some tourist stuff:  the tram and the wind mills.  Here are the pictures we took on Thursday.

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On our first full day, we went up to 8,000 feet where we would find 5' feet of snow and temperatures below freezing.
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After passing through terrorist security, we boarded with about 50 other people.
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The ride to the top takes over 10 minutes.
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The floor of the tram is a revolving platform, making 2 revolutions during the 10 minute trip.
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We experienced clear views until the very top when we rose into and above the clouds.
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At the top it was just below freezing and 5 feet of accumualted snow.
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It wasn't all that cold, but for me the elevation makes the air too thin.
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Some people brought toboggans and sleds.  It was the first time some kids had seen snow.
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As the clouds came and went, some of the views were very dramatic.
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Gregg was also impressed by hoarst frost. He took several pictures to show his students when he teaches weather.
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This is all frost; not snow.
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Looking to the north.
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Gregg standing on a rickety chair, as he is over a 100 foot drop. He is getting a picture of the tram coming up.
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This is the old, non-revolving tram. (Ask Gregg about the Tram-Scam-Shuttle-Van.)
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As we dropped from 8,000 feet to about 500 feet our empty water collapsed under in the increasing air pressure.
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The windmills are just a little ways up the valley from the tram entrance.
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There are more and more wind mills installed every time I visit Palm Springs.
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Gregg is setting up the tripod and self-timer for some pictures.
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Notice our relections in the hood of the rental mini-van.
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There is a tour of the wind mills available, but we didn't take it.
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Each wind mill is called a "tower of power".
 
Riding up the Palm Springs Tram and drive out to the wind mills
Visiting Joshua Tree National Park
A day to visit the Salton Sea

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