For some, Easter Sunday is all about chocolate—milk, dark, or white. For others, it’s about paying tribute to their faith. And for others still, it’s an opportunity to dress up, spend time with family and/or friends, and partake in a fabulous brunch or dinner, at home or in the comfort of an amazing restaurant. I’m of the third persuasion, and I intend to do both brunch and dinner, with different parties, waistline be damned! I know I want to remain in Rancho Mirage, and though I keep perusing the Rancho Mirage Restaurant Association website at www.dineranchomirage.com, I still can’t make up my mind as to where I’ll be for each of these fantastic feasts. But no worries. I have time…
As for breakfast, don’t you agree it might be wise for me to skip that meal that day? Not that I would have time to have it, in any case. That’s because this year my fellow blogger Diana Dodge, a few mutual friends, and I are doing something completely different during the wee hours of Easter Sunday. At the mutually agreed upon ungodly hour of 5:00 a.m., all of us are heading up to the top of Mount San Jacinto—one of the most breathtaking places from which to watch the sun rise over the entire Palm Springs Valley. Why so early, you may ask? Because starting at 5:45 a.m., the gospel choir known as “Voices of Song” will perform at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Mountain Station, where Dr. Robert Sneed will deliver an inspirational message that should move everyone, no matter their religious affiliation or card-carrying atheist status.
If you would like to join us for this briskly delightful dawn recital, please note that the first tram car taking attendees to the summit will depart at the aforementioned 5:00 a.m., with the last trip up the mountain (for the celebration) taking place at 5:40 a.m. Reduced roundtrip tram fares of $15 per adult and $12 for children ages 3-12 will be in effect through 7:30 a.m.
For those unfamiliar with the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, according to its website at www.pstramway.com, it is “the world’s largest rotating tram car. Opened in 1963, its 80-passenger cars travel along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon from the Valley Station (elevation 2,643 feet) to the Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 feet) in approximately 10 minutes.”
Happy Easter. Happy Passover. And see you up in the air! But don’t forget to dress warmly in layers. It can be chilly at the top—especially early in the morning.