March 14, 2012

As you may recall, I was in Palm Springs a couple weeks ago. I had some time the morning of my arrival so I went up on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway.

The tram goes up a mountain and at the top is the beautiful Mount San Jacinto State Park. I believe they said it’s the highest state park anywhere! I wasn’t able to get out and poke around the nature trails however, because…


Yeah. The climate goes from tropic Mexico at the bottom to arctic Canada at the top. And the wind was blowing. Yes, I am a weather wimp.


Here’s where you get off at the top.


Just a tiny portion of the vast rugged mountain terrain. In this shot you can see the reflection of my plaid shirt in the window as I photographed from the comfort of an unoccupied dining hall.


Here we are going down. You can see Palm Springs spread out at the bottom.


There are five towers and it was quite the engineering feat. The revolving tram cars are the only ones like them in the western hemisphere! If you ever get the chance, this is a very inspiring thing to do.

The show was loads of fun. It took place on Friday/Saturday, and the next day I headed over to The Quilter’s Faire in nearby Palm Desert. The proprietress, my pal Debby, had been running a teapot challenge, and it was Awards Day!

The shop went all-out. The DH Rob hung the challenge quilts from the rafters, and a lovely tea service was set out complete with scones, clotted cream, and lemon curd.

Please go to the the Quilter’s Faire blog to see photos of the Viewers’ Choice winner, my second-place winner, Designer’s Choice, and the lovely ladies who participated in the challenge. The story is spread out over several posts, so keep scrolling down!

It was such fun.

By Kay Mackenzie

Next stop: The 33rd Annual Glendale Quilt Show. The show, held at the Burbank Airport Marriott Convention Center, is Friday through Sunday, March 16-18.


4 Responses to “Visit to the desert”

  1. Debbie St.Germain on March 14th, 2012 7:31 pm

    What a wonderful place to visit and beautiful views.
    That is like going up Mount Washington in NH, it is always colder at the top.


  2. Angie SoCal on March 15th, 2012 8:00 am

    What a wonderful armchair travel post. The pictures are great – caught the beauty of the spot. Had fun at the tea party – thanks for sharing that eye candy!

  3. Tommy on March 22nd, 2012 9:58 am

    Hello Kay…

    First time to visit your site..Really enjoyed looking at your photos.. I would like to thank you for all you do for the quilting community..It really inspires me to gain even more knowledge about quilting..

    Thanks again


  4. Kay on March 22nd, 2012 10:00 am

    So glad you’re finding the blog helpful. Thanks Tommy!