|Katie, Sam, Valerie, Me and my brother, Gaylord|
|Pool at my first apartment 41 years later. (1972)|
|My first apartment's front door unchanged since 1972|
|My first home in Palm Springs is still there (1974 or so). Great times were had by all.|
|The Dunes is now the Comfort Inn. I managed the place and 45 employees when I was 23 (1973)|
|Dead tree from Tram lodge|
|The Coachella Valley from tram lodge 9,000 ft. +-|
|Tramway's new rotating car|
|Looking out over Palm Springs from the tram lodge|
|Picture of lodge in winter snow|
|Picture of Mt. San Jacinto in winter snow|
My brother and I had a great time trying to find the homes and apartments we lived in. We could not find the first rental home but we think we may have. (Did not recognize it but kinda certain). The area is much larger now and the places people would not live back in the early 70's have homes on them now. We stayed at the motor hotel I managed back in my 20's and it has been purchased and run by the Comfort Inn chain (breakfast included). I swam in the pool (remembering all the streakers back through there) and we had a great Mexican dinner at the restaurant next door to the hotel. It was only 109 degrees on Sunday!
We went up the tramway to the top of Mt. San Jacinto on the day we left and it was simply beautiful. We went from 100 degrees to about 60 in the course of ten minutes or so. We were on the first tram up at ten AM along with a bunch of hikers. Many carried a foldup bed on their backs. I have never seen that before. After the return trip down to the base we headed home and went Highway 395 on the eastside of the Sierra's. That is one desolate drive! Back home and sleeping in my own bed. All is good. Life is grand!