BY KRISTEN MCCARTHY
CAMPUS LIFE EDITOR
On Friday Dec. 8 College of the Desert students embarked on a journey up the Palm Springs International Tramway. The Office of Student Life offered an exclusive one time deal of tickets for $5 per student, about 80% off of the regular ticket price. This is the first time the college has made this trip. By Wednesday Dec. 6, Student Life had sold all of the tickets. Over one hundred students bought tickets to attend this event. The students met at the bottom of the tramway at 9:30 a.m., and rode up the tram together. The tramway, built in 1963, is known to some as the “eighth wonder of the world.”
This event came just in time for the holiday season. This time of year can be highly stressful for students as the semesters ends and finals approach. One way students can reduce stress is by going outside. According to Stanford University study, people who take walks in nature see positive effects on their brain as opposed to those who walk in urban spaces. Exposure to vitamin D also increases immune system and boosts moods. This trip was the perfect mental health day for students.
The tramway is a local adventure that people come from all over the world to experience. The world’s largest rotating tram car carries the participants two and a half miles up to Mt. San Jacinto State Park. Once the tram car has reached the top of the mountain, riders can take in views of the entire Coachella Valley at about 8,516 feet high. The tram offers over 50 miles of hiking trails, two restaurants, an observation deck and two documentary theaters.
If you would like to experience the Palm Springs Tramway for yourself this winter break, visit pstramway.com or call (888) 515-TRAM.