Palm Desert, CA

Sept. 30 – Friday – Visalia to Palm Desert, CA

Palm Desert & Coachella Valley from Tramway

Today was a relatively short drive of just over 300 miles through some lush agricultural country north of Los Angeles. We couldn’t resist stopping to purchase some fresh nectarines, apples, and peaches. The change in temperature from the mid 60s at Sequoia to 102 in Palm Desert was pretty dramatic. After an early arrival at the Homewood Suites, we took the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to the upper slopes of San Jacinto Peak, some 8,500 feet above the desert floor. Once there, we experienced another shocking temperature change to just 47 degrees. Dinner at the much-hyped Peak’s Restaurant was mediocre but worth the dramatic vistas.

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