I get to look at Mt San Jacinto from my front porch in Palm Springs. It is one of my favorite things to do when I am out there on weekends: brew some fresh coffee and sip it while marveling at “my” mountains.
Mt San Jacinto
Mt San Jacinto stands 10,834 feet above sea level, and is the second highest mountain range in Southern California. San Gorgonio Mountain is the highest peak in Southern California and the Transverse Ranges at 11,503 feet.
I love going up. The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway makes it easy to get up to the Mountain Station (8,516 feet elevation). A number of short hiking trails can be reached from there and you can also climb all the way to the summit (which I still haven’t done, but should do one day!).
Last time I was up there was in 2017. I just enjoy sitting on the rocks and enjoying the view of the surrounding mountains and Coachella Valley. I did a few shorter hikes in 2017. And you can see my older photos from Mt San Jacinto in my hiking post.
Revisiting the mountain to show off its beauty
One of the (many) places I really wanted to show my parents during their recent visit was my favorite mountain. So, we took the tramway up to explore the winter wonderland of Mt San Jacinto State Park. My parents can’t hike far anymore, so it’s become a small obsession for me to find the most stunning places within a short hiking distance. I love for my parents to see the beauty of my favorite places the way I see them or at least close to how I see them.
We walked the Long Valley Discovery Trail and were able to cut to the Desert View Trail to get a glimpse of the desert from 8,400 feet.
The snow made this trip unique and memorable. My mom started a snowball fight, my dad listened to the birds, and I just held up my camera to capture these new memories at this old place.
I love revisiting places I know and show them to my family and friends. With every visit new memories are made and so every visit is unique.
Maybe we can’t actually revisit a place, but only visit anew?
What do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
This post was inspired by the Friendly Friday Photo Challenge – Revisited.