Monday: (03/09) We weren't in a hurry this morning. Lou made corned beef hash and eggs for breakfast. After showers we finally pulled out after 1000. We arrived at Cottonwood Campground on the South side of the park, dumped our tanks and settled in. I had intended to stay just outside the park in the free BLM area but Lou thought we'd be more secure in the park campground. We took the Jeep about 30 miles down to Indio where we stopped for lunch at Huerta's Mexican Restaurant on Jackson. A good find. Lou said her enchiladas were the best she'd had. I agree.
We headed on over to the Palm Springs Tram. We've passed by many times saying we need to ride it so today is the day. It was fairly clear so we got to see the valley views pretty good.
While Lou is still not hiking, I did abandon her at the Mountain Station and take a short hike on the Desert View Trail. The hike was mostly on snow. From a distance, the mountain tops seem to be loosing there snow cover but it needs a few warm days here. When I was here May first last year, the snow patches still existed, even where I camped in Round Valley. I passed by nearby the mountain top tram station when I was on the Pacific Crest Trail.
Nice views and all above the valley heat.
Above left is a fellow hiker, a snowman. There were several along the trail.
The tram rotates as you travel giving everyone a good view. We dashed off to Costco to get some of our staple supplies, there blue paper towels. Dinner was at the nearby Hibachi Chinese Buffet. I really liked it, Lou didn't. Their cream cheese stuffed mushrooms are the best. On the way home we stopped at the Winco Market to resupply and were back at camp about 2200.