Tuesday, July 14, 2009
The Road to Idyllwild
The Coachella Valley has started to heat up over 115 degrees in the afternoon, so we drove out of Palm Springs to cool off in the town of Idyllwild, which is a mile high in the adjoining San Jacinto mountains.
Passing a freight train and power generating windmills, we drove west onto the scary Interstate 10 and turned off in Banning...
...where you can pick up the truly terrifying two-lane Highway 243...
...which quickly ascends up the mountains in a series of death defying curves.
We uttered serious thanks to the deities when we finally entered pine forests and didn't have to look straight down into the Coachella Valley.