We took a detour from driving around Lake Tahoe to ride the Squaw Valley aerial tram. Since it was early June & High Camp was not open for summer activities, the place was nearly dead, but the tram ride was still an adventure, though a bit pricey even for seniors. We came for the view & were not disappointed. It was a clear sunny warm day & we could see in all directions, noting the disturbing paucity of snow even at the highest elevations during this worst of drought yrs for CA.The tram travels above some very unusual & picturesque rock formations. Lake Tahoe can be seen in the distance. It was very windy on top & we didn't stay long, since we weren't interested in hiking any trails.
There is a large patio area with picnic tables & benches on top overlooking the valley where we spent some time watching the tram cars come & go. The aerial tram design & construction are impressive.There are 2 large cars & their weight is balanced on the cables. They travel in opposing directions at precisely the same time, passing each other at the center point. There is quite a distance between the towers & the view descending from the last one is spectacular or frightening depending upon one's perspective.
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